Certificate in Genetic Counseling acquaints doctors with the core concepts of Human Genetics and understanding of the psychological basis of counselling; so that they can continue their practice with comprehensive knowledge of Genetics; duly prescribing Genetic Tests and interpreting related reports or practice as Genetic Counselors.
Course At A Glance
Course: Certificate Course in Genetic Counselling
Total Duration: 24 weeks
Hours per week: 3 – 4 hours per week
The medium of instruction: English
About the Course
The last few decades have witnessed an exponential growth in knowledge, catapulting genetics from obscurity to a pre-eminent place in health-care. New information about causative genes, disease diagnosis and available treatment options for several single gene and complex genetic disorders as well as several birth defects are now known to make disease diagnosis and treatment easier. It is critical that clinicians learn about these developments and incorporate this knowledge into their practice.
Each and every patient should be able to benefit from individualized therapy based on their unique genetic makeup; however, this can become a reality only when clinicians are able to comprehend the genetics behind the diseases and syndromes. More importantly, the implications of these must be explained to the patients and relatives in a professional and compassionate manner. Such education and counselling accompanying genetic testing is provided by Genetic Counselors in all developed countries; this kind of professional training is being given for the first time in India for clinicians.
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The doctors could practice as genetic counsellors or continue their practice with comprehensive knowledge of genetics, duly prescribing genetic tests and interpreting related reports. The course will also give them an understanding of the psychological basis of counselling.