The Genetic Counseling Program was established in 1992 and was the first of its kind in New England. The program has been consistently granted re-accreditation status by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).
The Genetic Counseling Program was established in 1992 and was the first of its kind in New England. The program has been consistently granted re-accreditation status by the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC).
The program is purposely designed to provide mentorships between faculty, clinicians, researchers, alumni and current students. The Brandeis faculty maintains close relationships with alumni, which allows for expansive networking opportunities throughout the United States and Canada.
Emphasis on Disability
The program prides itself on its incorporation of disability awareness as part of the curriculum. Students work with families and individuals in home, educational and clinical settings to enhance their understanding of this segment of the population and increase their sensitivity to issues regarding disability as these can present themselves in a genetic counseling setting.
Fieldwork and Internship Placements
Opportunities for fieldwork exist within world-class institutions, including: Children’s Hospital Boston, the League School, Massachusetts General Hospital specialty clinics, Massachusetts Hospital School and the Perkins School for the Blind.
Internship placements are available at Baystate Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s Hospital Waltham, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lahey Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital; Maine Medical Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Women and Infants Hospital.
GC students are paired with a thesis advisor and committee members within the genetic counseling community whose expertise coincides with the student’s research topic. They also work closely with the Data Analysis Specialist on staff at Brandeis. Students receive financial support from the program as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for their thesis work.
The program provides funding for student memberships to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), annual New England Regional Genetics Group (NERGG) meeting and various day-long conferences within the greater Boston area. Second year students attend the NSGC Annual Education Conference with a stipend of support from the program.
Brandeis faculty regularly attend meetings and conferences that impact the field of genetic counseling: American Board of Genetic Counselors Program Directors; NSGC Annual Education Conference; NERGG; and the American College of Medical Genetics. One faculty member serves on the Licensure Board for Genetic Counseling in the state of Massachusetts.
The Waltham location allows students to complete fieldwork and internships in Boston and the surrounding communities. Public transportation is available to reach most sites.