The Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta will be offering a new two-year master's degree program in genetic counseling starting next summer.
Emory to offer master's in genetic counseling
According to an Emory news release, it will be the first genetic counseling training program in Georgia. According to the 2,400-member National Society of Genetic Counselors website, there are only around two dozen such graduate-level programs offered in the U.S. and Canada.
Graduates of the Emory program will receive a master of medical science degree in human genetics and genetic counseling. Interested persons have until Dec. 15 to apply. According to the program website, admission will be based on academic preparedness (including grade-point average and GRE scores), personal references, a written narrative, previous exposure to the field, experience with patient care and supportive counseling, and an interview.
“While family history and genetic testing are increasingly becoming an integral part of medical care, there is a national shortage of board certified genetic counselors who can help both the healthcare provider and the patient interpret genetic information related to risk,” Stephen Warren, chairman of Emory’s Department of Human Genetics, said in the release.
According to the NSGC, the number of available genetic tests has grown from 100 to more than 1,000 in 10 years, and common responsibilities for genetic counselors now include counseling patients about diseases with a genetic component, coordinating clinics; educating other health professionals about genetics; serving as the interface between genetic testing laboratories and the public; conducting clinical research projects, running clinical trials; helping develop public policy related to genetics; and implementing public-awareness campaigns.
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