All genetic counseling students are required to attend a weekly human genetics clinical conference. Each week a first year student will be assigned the responsibility of being the Coordinator of the Week (COW). COW responsibilities include helping the administrative staff and genetic counselors with the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to run the genetics clinics within VCU. This work allows genetic counseling students to get hands on exposure to all aspects of a genetics appointment including scheduling, insurance coordination, results follow up, among others. The COW also presents on a specific genetic topic of their choosing during the clinical conference.
These conferences are held every Wednesday from 11am-12pm and are attended by the faculty and other students including medical students, Master’s and PhD students.
During the School year, the Human Genetics department also holds a weekly educational Noon Conference meeting, where guest speakers present on topics of interest, new research studies, and interesting cases related to genetics. The general schedule of Noon Conference Meetings is below:
First Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. - Genetic counseling case conference
Second Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. - Pizza rounds on a clinical genetics topic (usually a guest speaker)
Third Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. - Journal club
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12:00 p.m. - Cytogenetic/Metabolic case conference
Occasional fifth Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.
Review information from national meetings (NSGC, ASHG, ACMG, etc.)