Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is fully accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and enrolls 20 students per year. The program is 18 months long. Students are enrolled for six ten-week quarters: three academic quarters their first year (Fall, Winter, Spring), one summer quarter and two academic quarters their second year (Fall and Winter). The curriculum is designed to emphasize the scientific and medical aspects of the profession, along with the counseling, communication and psychosocial aspects. Students begin their rotations during the winter quarter of the first year. Early placements allow the students to quickly apply and reinforce the concepts they learn in the classroom. Students also have multiple opportunities to interact with genetic counselors in research, industry, laboratory, public health, policy etc. In addition, Northwestern has a strong research component, requiring a written thesis and oral defense.