Opportunities beyond the Classroom
Experience all the genetic counseling profession has to offer

Clinical training is a critical component of the GC Program curriculum. Our clinical rotations are integrated with the didactic curriculum to provide a graduated sequence of experiences designed to develop independent clinicians that provide high quality care while also exposing students to the expanded practice of genetic counseling.

Training opportunities exist in a wide variety of settings including patient care clinics, clinical laboratories and private industry. The San Francisco Bay Area’s rich ethnocultural and socioeconomic diversity is reflected in the patients UCSF serves and allows students to develop strong cultural competencies. Opportunities abound for students to develop expertise utilizing medical interpreters, or use their own multilingual skills; and to advocate for the economically disadvantaged and medically vulnerable. The program’s close proximity to Silicon Valley and a high concentration of biotechnology companies allows for students to train in some of the nation’s most recognized private industry organizations. Our goal is to match students with training experiences that align with their future professional interests.  

The number of clinical encounters in our clinical training curriculum will exceed the minimum requirements set by ACGC (Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling) for participatory cases.

Clinical Training Sites

Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

San Francisco-area
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Medical Genetics and Genomics (general pediatrics and adult genetics)
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Physician’s - Prenatal
  • UCSF Prenatal Diagnosis Center
  • UCSF Fetal Treatment Center
  • UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
  • UCSF Center for Reproductive Health - Infertility
  • UCSF Cardiovascular Genetics Program
  • UCSF Biochemical Genetics and Lysosomal Disease Center
  • UCSF Adult and Preventive Genetics Clinic
  • UCSF Exome Clinic
  • UCSF Memory and Aging Center
  • UCSF Craniofacial Center
  • UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland-Pediatrics
  • UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland-Hematology
  • UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital, Fetal Treatment
  • UCSF Clinical Cancer Laboratory
  • UCSF Exome Laboratory
  • UCSF Cytogenetics Laboratory
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital - Cancer
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center -Adult genetics
  • Kaiser Permanente Oakland- Prenatal, Pediatric/General and Cancer
  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco-Prenatal, Pediatric/General and Cancer
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento-Prenatal, Pediatric/General and Cancer
  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose-Prenatal, Pediatric/General and Cancer
  • Sutter Health San Francisco- Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation - Prenatal, Cancer
  • Pacific Fertility Center-Infertility
  • John Muir Medical Center-Cancer
  • Integrated Genetics - Prenatal
  • 23andMe
  • Advocate Genetics
  • Ambry
  • Color
  • Genome Medical
  • Invitae
  • Illumina
  • Myriad
  • Natera
  • Community Regional Medical Center – Prenatal, pediatrics, cardiovascular
  • Community Regional Cancer Center - Cancer
  • Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera – Pediatrics, metabolic, newborn screening
  • Kaiser Fresno – Prenatal, cancer, adult

*Students may request to participate in a clinical training experience outside of the San Francisco or Fresno areas during the summer rotation, or in the second year. Advanced notice is required and requests are not guaranteed. Students at remote sites will connect for classes over interactive video.