Students develop genetic counselling skills, in part through their experiences in a wide variety of clinical training opportunities which are in close proximity to the classroom setting.

Moreover, rotations in a number of university-affiliated teaching hospitals ensure that the students are able to participate in the care of patients and families with both common and rare genetic disorders.

The clinical training comprises two fairly distinct components: the observational component in the first semester of first year and the participatory component throughout the remainder of the program. The observational rotations provide an appreciation of the medical, financial and emotional burdens encountered by individuals/families with a genetic disorder. The clinics selected are those providing medical care for individuals/families with relatively common genetic disorders.

Beginning in the second semester of the first year and throughout the second year, students become directly involved in the provision of genetic counselling.

 The students’ clinical rotations take place at the following health care facilities:

  • The Hospital for Sick Children 
  • Mount Sinai Hospital 
  • Princess Margaret Hospital - University Health Network 
  • Toronto General Hospital - University Health Network 
  • Women’s College Hospital 
  • St. Michael’s Hospital 
  • Bloorview-MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre
  • North York General Hospital

Rotations are supervised by genetic counsellors, geneticists and other health care professionals who are considered experts in their fields and have experience in supervising a variety of health care trainees.

Semester 1

These rotations provide students with the opportunity to participate in various specialty clinics and learn first-hand about some common genetic disorders.

Clinics Including: Autism Research Unit, Adult and Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis, Neuromuscular, Adult and Paediatric Hemoglobinopathies (Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Disease), Hemophilia, Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord, Huntington Disease Clinic.

Semester 2-4

In second semester of first year and throughout second year, students will provide care and genetic counselling to patients and their families in a supervised clinical setting.

Clinics: General Genetics Outpatient and Inpatient Services, Prenatal Genetics and specialty clinics such as Cancer Clinics (Ovarian, Colon, Breast, Paediatric), Metabolic Genetics and DNA Resource/Molecular Lab.