Not all learning occurs during typical coursework or clinical experiences. At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, we are proud to offer many supplemental experiences to provide a solid foundation from which students build their professional competency.

Maternal & Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MCH LEND)

"The goal of the Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health (MCH) LEND Program is to provide interdisciplinary and disciplinary leadership training for graduate students and community professionals to improve systems of care that promote the prevention of disabilities and assure access to services for children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families.

"This is accomplished through interdisciplinary and disciplinary advanced clinical and leadership training of graduate students in the core disciplines, continuing education, technical assistance and consultation for community professionals. Trainees gain competencies in interdisciplinary clinical care, family needs and preferences, and the public health system."

The Adam Rennebohm Perinatal Bereavement Conference

This biennial conference hosted at the University of Wisconsin, in conjunction with Resolve Through Sharing, focuses on perinatal bereavement education. Participation is open to health care professionals providing perinatal care such as genetic counselors, nurses, medical doctors, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, social workers and chaplains.

This interdisciplinary approach helps strengthen the understanding of the family experience surrounding perinatal loss. Topics include anticipatory perinatal bereavement guidance, medical genetics diagnostic and management resources, perinatal hospice services and long term bereavement assistance. Support is gratefully provided by the Adam Rennebohm Endowment Fund.

Center for Patient Partnerships

The Center for Patient Partnership (CPP) is a patient advocacy service offered to patients with serious or life threatening medical conditions. Services provided by the CPP range significantly with the overarching goal of helping a patient navigate his or her way through the medical world. The genetic counseling training program at UW-Madison in collaboration with the CPP offers an optional certificate in the area of Consumer Health Advocacy. The following video provides an example of how the Center for Patient Partnerships helps families and advocates on their behalf.

Mayo Clinic internship

Students are provided the opportunity, through the Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS), to attend a "one-week Genetic Counseling Laboratory Internship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. The program gives students who are currently enrolled in a master's degree genetic counseling program direct exposure to the genetic counseling role in clinical genetic laboratories. The internship ... includes experiences in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, biochemical genetics and maternal serum screening." 

Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center (CTAC)

"The mission of the Clinical Teaching and Assessment Center (CTAC) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is to provide health sciences students and faculty with opportunities to practice and demonstrate clinical skills in a setting that duplicates the real world as closely as possible." Students have the unique opportunity to practice and observe their own developing skills as related to genetic counseling. 

University of Wisconsin pediatrics grand rounds

"The Pediatrics Grand Rounds program features weekly lectures covering cutting-edge topics related to the practice of pediatrics. Department faculty, residents, and medical students as well as community-based pediatricians and pediatric specialists benefit from these clinically relevant lectures presented by UW faculty and many guest faculty from around the country."

John D. Wiley Seminar Series

Weekly seminar series held at the Waisman Center in which world class experts in the areas of development, developmental disabilities, genetics and neurodegenerative disease are invited to discuss current research. 

Journal club

Once a month, students and clinical staff participate in a journal club. Current research articles from leading scientific journals are reviewed by each member.

Diversity matters

In order to provide the best possible care for patients and families, students have various opportunities to explore cultural awareness while training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in addition to resources promoted by the Laboratory of Genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.