Clinical Rotations

Clinical Practicum

Students will take a clinical practicum course every semester throughout the program: CMM 594 Clinical Practicum. Students will take CMM 594 for two credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters of their first year, two credit hours over the Summer term between their first and second year, and four credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters of their second year. During the course of their training, students will need to acquire a minimum of 50 core cases to be eligible to sit for the ABGC board exam. The Associate Program Director and the Clinical Coordinator will monitor student logbooks closely to ensure that students are obtaining an adequate number of core cases.

The Associate Program Director, in conjunction with the Clinical Coordinator and Program Coordinator, are responsible for developing, maintaining and documenting all clinical training for the UAGCGP. The Clinical Coordinator will oversee the educational content of all clinical practicums and will serve as the course director for CMM 594. Grades for clinical practicum are pass/fail and will be based on student evaluations from clinical supervisors. 

The program performs initial and ongoing evaluation of all clinical training sites to ensure that students, sites and supervisors meet program-defined learning outcomes and performance evaluation measures.

Rotations will take place in clinics in Tucson and Phoenix. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinics. Whenever possible, the Program Administration will position clinics in Phoenix (about a 2-hour drive) to allow ride-sharing among students. Each rotation will cover a five-week period. Most first-year rotations are one day per week and second-year rotations are two days per week.

Proposed Fall and Spring Rotation Schedule

Below is a sample rotation schedule/matrix for 1st and 2nd year students. Each rotation will cover a five-week period. Most first-year rotations are one day per week while in the second year, students spend two days per week in clinic.

Rotations will take place in clinics in Tucson and Phoenix. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinics. Whenever possible, the Program Administration will position clinics in Phoenix (about a 2-hour drive) to allow ride-sharing among students.

Sample Rotation Matrix for 1st Year Students

Student Fall
Weeks 1-5
Fall
Weeks 6-10
Fall
Weeks 11-15
Spring
Weeks 1-5
Spring
Weeks 6-10
Spring
Weeks 11-15
1 General Pediatric Genetics Multidisciplinary Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Teratology Adult Genetics Cancer Genetic Counseling
2 Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Multidisciplinary Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Teratology Adult Genetics
3 Adult Genetics Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Multidisciplinary Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Teratology
4 Teratology Adult Genetics Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Multidisciplinary Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling
5 Prenatal Genetic Counseling Teratology Adult Genetics Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Multidisciplinary Pediatric Genetics

Sample Rotation Matrix for 2nd Year Students

Student Fall
Weeks 1-5
Fall
Weeks 6-10
Fall
Weeks 11-15
Spring
Weeks 1-5
Spring
Weeks 6-10
Spring
Weeks 11-15
1 General Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling Laboratory/
Research 
Cancer Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling
2 Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling Laboratory/
Research 
Cancer Genetic Counseling
3 Cancer Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling Laboratory/
Research 
4 Laboratory/Research  Cancer Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling
5 Cancer Genetic Counseling Laboratory/
Research 
Cancer Genetic Counseling Cancer Genetic Counseling General Pediatric Genetics Prenatal Genetic Counseling