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Development of a JEMF Proposal to Identify Core Areas of Knowledge, Competencies and Personal Traits that Promote Effective Genetic Counseling Student Supervisors. By Kim Guthrie

According to the National Society of Genetic Counselors 2006 Professional Status Survey, 55% of genetic counselors report that one of their primary roles was teaching, educating and supervising students.  Although a majority of genetic counselors are involved in the supervision of students, core competencies for clinical supervisors have not been developed in the field of genetic counseling The goal of this project was to develop an appropriate strategy for the creation of core competencies for genetic counseling student supervisors and to create a Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF) proposal to provide funding for the project. 
In order to develop the JEMF proposal, various consensus methods and information about supervision training and competencies in other allied health professions were investigated.  A two-day consensus conference to include genetic counseling training program directors, associate directors, clinical supervisors, and recent graduates was chosen as the method to generate competencies for clinical supervisors.  A modified nominal group technique, in which a meeting facilitator presents topics for discussion and moderates structured group discussion, was chosen as the format for the conference.  Competencies generated at the meeting will be reviewed and refined by an advisory committee.  The competencies and a process paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. 
If funded, this project has the potential to provide a foundation for the creation of training curriculum for genetic counseling student supervisors.  Additionally, competencies for supervisors may promote research on supervision in the field and lead to improvements in the process of supervision.  

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  • "UNCG is a great fit for me. The program directors have extensive experience in the world of genetic counseling and provide you with opportunities to work with some of the best medical centers in the country. Our location allows us to have expert guest lecturers, many of whom you also get to work alongside or observe in your clinical rotations in your second year. We also have some really wonderful and unique opportunities as a part of this program: we observe in syndrome specific support groups and clinics, tour genetic laboratories, and are matched with a family with a genetic disease to learn what it is like to live with a genetic condition. Finally, our directors are genuinely invested in each of us, and care about our success and getting to know each of us personally."




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