The program at UAMS offers numerous clinical training sites. Students receive an excellent clinical experience in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and multidisciplinary clinics. Students also provide genetic counseling using telemedicine.
Clinical exposure begins in the first semester of a student’s training. Students participate in field placements/observations in a variety of UAMS/ACH genetic clinics in Little Rock, AR, Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville and Lowell), which is ~3 hours from Little Rock; and Memphis, TN, which is ~2 hours from Little Rock.
Students complete the Novice Clerkship, an 8-10 week internship comprised of 1-2 clinical rotations. Students are encouraged to complete this clerkship outside of Arkansas.
During the second year of the program, students complete the Intermediate Clerkship (Fall semester) and the Advanced Clerkship (Spring semester). Each clerkship is 15-16 weeks long and is comprised of 3-4 clinical rotations. Students rotate through Prenatal, Pediatric, Adult/Cancer, and Specialty clinics in Little Rock, AR; Northwest Arkansas; Tulsa, OK; Memphis, TN; and Springfield, MO. Not all students travel to all sites. In addition, some students spend their second year of the program at a satellite site where they live and complete their clinical training. Students connect for classes over interactive video. Students are notified of their second year placement site at the time an offer of admission is made.
Students must complete a minimum of 50 core cases (logbook cases) to be eligible for the ABGC certification examination. UAMS Students typically have 100+ core cases. This does not include all the cases they observe or participate in, as not every case a student participates in will satisfy the necessary requirements for a core case. The distribution of core cases is determined by the ABGC Practice Analysis. As of June 1, 2014, the targeted distribution of the core cases is 40% Prenatal, 25% Pediatric, 25% Cancer, and 10% Adult.
*Students are required to have their own transportation. Most of the clinics are not within walking distance to the UAMS campus and are not easily accessible by public transportation or taxi.