The Master of Genetic Counselor Studies (MGCS) program offers a second-year clinical internship in collaboration with the Medical Genetics Service at Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Their Medical Genetics clinical service includes a clinical genetics team of genetic counselors and physicians who see patients in all core areas (prenatal, cancer, pediatrics, etc.) as well as many specialty clinics including the only comprehensive treatment clinic for Bardet-Biedl syndrome in North America. They also have one of the most active telehealth clinics in the state.
The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, a longtime leader in personalized medicine, is home to the Personalized Medicine Research Project and includes one of the largest population-based projects in the United States. They partner with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin in the NIH-funded All of Us Research program.
All students in the MGCS program will complete their first academic year (August through May) in residence in Madison. Beginning in the summer, following the successful completion of their first year, the student selected for the Marshfield experience will complete the remainder of their training at the Marshfield Medical Center (rotations, coursework via distance education platforms and research project). The selected student will have regular virtual meetings with Madison-based advisors, instructors and, importantly, their classmates.
While the format of the clinical rotations may be different (greater flexibility with structure), the overall experience will include the three ACGC required core clinical rotations (prenatal/oncology/general genetics) and a variety of optional specialty clinics.
Important to know
- During the Master of Genetic Counselor Studies interview process, Marshfield Medical Center genetic counselor(s) will meet those applicants who select the Marshfield experience option on their application. It is important that both the applicant and Marshfield staff have this opportunity to make the most informed admissions match decision.
- Although the Marshfield experience is designed to be fully executed at Marshfield, occasional trips to Madison (a 2½ hour drive) may be necessary (e.g., for the Saturday Bereavement Conference for genetic counseling students, which is held every other year). These will be kept to a minimum.
- This option may add to the cost of the program since there are no opportunities to TA; however, living expenses in Marshfield will likely result in savings. We are also negotiating for work study-type options, although these discussions are in the early stages.
- There is an active health professions student community at the Marshfield Clinic to provide an opportunity for community and a student cohort.
- The Marshfield experience is limited to one student who will start the MGCS program in the fall of 2019, i.e., their Marshfield experience will begin summer 2020.