The core curriculum is provided by the faculty of the Department of Genetics and Genomics, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Medicine.
Major emphasis is placed on clinical rotations. Students are required to rotate through a variety of clinical settings including reproductive genetics, general genetics (pediatric and adult), inborn errors of metabolism, cancer genetics and clinical research. These rotations provide opportunities for extensive supervised experience in history taking, interviewing, psychosocial assessment, and genetic risk assessment. Students also have the opportunity to serve as volunteers for a week at Camp Sunshine, a retreat center for children with life threatening illness and their families, during the summer between first and second year.
As a requirement for graduation, candidates for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling must complete an original institution review board (IRB) approved in-depth study of a selected genetic counseling issue or topic. Students are strongly encouraged to study topics appropriate for national presentation and/or publication.
Upon successful completion of their studies, candidates receive the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Icahn School of Medicine. Graduates are eligible to apply for the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification examination.
The MGC Series, made possible through the generous support of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship, includes digital recordings of simulated genetic counseling sessions from three different specialty areas (prenatal, cancer and pediatric). It will not substitute for an actual shadow or internship experience, however, it will provide you with further insight regarding the exciting profession of Genetic Counseling. Click to read more information.