Clinical Undergraduate Shadowing Program
The Clinical Undergraduate Shadowing Program, or CUSP, is a virtual summer experience in the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at UT Health Austin. Prospective genetic counseling students shadow a genetic counselor for one week, observing telehealth visits, clinical huddles and tumor boards.
About the Experience
The majority of graduate programs in genetic counseling recommend that applicants have shadowing experience, but limited opportunities are often a barrier. The goal of CUSP is to provide prospective genetic counseling students exposure to the role of a genetic counselor in a cancer center. CUSP further aims to increase diversity in the field of genetic counseling by focusing on providing this opportunity to students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds.
- Candidates must have completed a college-level genetics course before the start of the program.
- Candidates must be upper-level undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) or have already completed their undergraduate degree.
- Candidates must demonstrate that they have explored the field of genetic counseling by speaking to genetic counselors.
- Candidates must show an intention to apply to a graduate program in genetic counseling.
The 2023 program cycle is closed. Information on future program cycles will be added when it is available. For general questions, email the team.