The University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program was recently awarded funding to initiate the Genetic Counseling Fellowship in Research Training (GC-FIRST) Program. This two-year fellowship opportunity is designed to provide four genetic counselors the advanced training far beyond the four areas of basic research competency outlined by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) for master’s (MS) degrees needed to become genetic counseling research leaders. This program is also intended to prime fellows to gain the skills to become crucial mentors for future genetic counseling researchers. The first two fellows will begin in January 2023 and end in December 2024. The percent time is negotiable between 40-60% (approximately 16-24 hours/week).
As part of the GC-FIRST Program, fellows will complete structured coursework, twelve research training modules, and practical genetic counseling research experiences.
|Organization||University of Minnesota|
|Number of Awards||NA|
|Contest Deadline||October 14, 2022|
Who is Eligible?
Genetic counselors applying for this grant must have completed a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from an Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Accredited Training Program and be certified or certified.
Fellowship applicants should be at least two years post-graduation from the MS training program before applying for the fellowship. This term allowed genetic counselors to gain experience and expertise post-graduation. After one-year post-graduation, genetic counselors can supervise students giving them an additional perspective on the genetic counseling process. Further, this timeline allows genetic counselors to understand the organizational dynamics and systems better influencing the practice of genetic counseling. If a genetic counseling license is required to practice within the state of residence or where they practice, applicants will vide evidence of current licensure, which can take time to accomplish post-graduation.
How to Apply?
Please complete this short Sign-up to register. Those who register will receive the Zoom information approximately one week before the session.
The deadline for online submission of the application and supporting documents is October 14, 2022