Clinical Training & Fieldwork


Assistant Director of Human Genetics

E-mail Janelle


Through clinical training and fieldwork, students obtain exposure to a variety of clinical specialties, including prenatal, pediatric, cancer, cardiovascular, neurogenetics, and multidisciplinary specialty clinics.

Students must complete 18 credits of clinical training:

  • First year fieldwork: Observational Rotation (1 credit)
  • Summer Intensive (5 credits)
  • Second-year fieldwork: four blocks - Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 (12 credits)

Students spend one day per week in fieldwork placements during the spring semester of the first year. Summer placements are typically full-time at five days per week for eight weeks or four days per week for 10 weeks. Throughout the second year, two days per week are dedicated to fieldwork. 

Across all fieldwork that each student completes, there is a concerted effort to ensure a diversity of patient populations, practice settings, counseling and supervision styles, and service delivery models. Most placements conducted during the academic year are based in the greater New York area. For the Summer Intensive, students are encouraged to see out sites where they would like to learn and work; going abroad is acceptable, as is staying in the New York area. 

Sarah Lawrence has established affiliations with more than 50 genetics centers in the New York metropolis – the greatest concentration of such centers in the world, where students encounter an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population and have the chance to work with genetic counselors and other health care professionals in direct and indirect patient care, including clinics, industry, research, public health, and education. 

Our fieldwork partners include most of the major academic medical centers and top research institutions in the region, such as:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Rockefeller University
  • New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center
  • Northwell Health