The breadth and depth of fieldwork training opportunities is a strength of the University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Training Program. While fieldwork preparation is woven throughout the program, formal fieldwork training is focused in the second year with two tracks for training – 1) The Twin Cities Track, where students have the options to rotate in a wide range of sites throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs; and 2) Mayo Clinic, where students train exclusively at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In each track, students receive training in core areas such as prenatal, cancer, and general genetics, as well as in specialty sites (e.g., laboratory, specialty clinics).
Twin Cities Track: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as surrounding suburbs and cities, have a wealth of medical centers where students receive training. In addition, we have partnered with several telehealth sites that provide genetic counseling throughout the United States.
Here are the participating Medical Centers where students in the Twin Cities rotate:>
Minnesota Department of Health
M Health Fairview Molecular Lab
Southern Illinois School of Medicine
North Memorial Health Cancer Center
Allina Health Cancer Institute
CentraCare Health, St Cloud
Park Nicollet Cancer Clinic
M Health Fairview Cancer
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
M Health Fairview Pediatrics
M Health Fairview MFM Center
North Memorial Perinatal Center
Park Nicollet Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
Allina Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
M Health Fairview BMT Clinic
M Health Fairview Metabolic Clinic
M Health Fairview Heart Clinic Fulton
M Health Fairview Neurology Clinic
Mayo Clinic - for students chosen for the Mayo rotation track
Mayo Clinic Track: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has a reputation for distinguished medical care. Students are exposed to a range of genetic services provided at Mayo Clinic in an in-depth yearlong experience.
Marie Kennelly (Hennepin Health) has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award for the University of Minnesota by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.
Joan Steyermark (Mayo Clinic) has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award for the University of Minnesota by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.
Mary Ahrens (Fairview, retired) was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award for the University of Minnesota by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.