Friday, March 25, 2011

Exploring Advanced Degree Options for Genetic Counselors

The Genetic Counseling Advanced Degree Taskforce (GCADT) was formed to explore possible advanced degree options for the genetic counseling profession. The GCADT is comprised of representatives from the American Board of Genetic Counseling, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. Representatives from the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors were invited to this meeting and attended as observers. The taskforce held its initial meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 while at the American College of Medical Genetics annual educational conference.

A lengthy and robust discussion occurred and the group outlined plans to pursue capturing greater input about advanced degree options from the many stakeholders that would be affected. More information will be gathered and shared as steps are finalized including opportunities where GCADT will be asking for your input.

Thank you for your attention to this important professional discussion.

The Genetic Counseling Advanced Degree Task Force

American Board of Genetic Counseling: Deb Lochner Doyle, Holly Peay, and Sheila O'Neal
Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors: Laura Conway, Casey Reiser, and Carol Walton
Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors: Carol Cremin
Canadian Certification Committee: Stephanie Kieffer
Canadian Genetic Counseling Programs: Jennifer Fitzpatrick
National Society of Genetic Counselors: Karin Dent and Meghan Carey

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