Getting a New Program Started

As a part of its mission, the AGCPD seeks to support the development of new training programs in genetic counseling. If you are considering starting a program, we want to extend an invitation to join the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD) as an Associate Member. Planning a new program is an exciting and time intensive endeavor. We hope that the resources of our group will be of benefit to you during the process.

The AGCPD was formed to promote collaborative interactions between the genetic counseling training programs and to support high standards of practice. The AGCPD also advocates on behalf of the interests of training programs with the accrediting agency, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), the certifying agency, the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), and our professional organization, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). AGCPD strives to create resources for our members, such as the Master Genetic Counselor video series.

Recently, AGCPD has taken an interest in developing materials to assist emerging genetic counseling training programs, such as example budget templates, information about student/faculty ratios, and other frequently asked questions by new programs, which may be helpful supplementary information to the ACGC Standards for Accreditation. The slide set presented at the 2014 NSGC conference may be a helpful starting point.

AGCPD Meetings

The AGCPD operates an email listserv that full, associate, and affiliate members are able to join. This is an excellent way to gather feedback on issues that arise during the planning phase of a program and to make connections. The group also meets annually in conjunction with the NSGC Annual Conference (AC). The meeting at the AC typically includes a business meeting, updates on committee work, and presentations from ACGC and ABGC. In addition, the AGCPD holds a retreat every other summer for strategic planning and educational endeavors. Both full and associate members are welcome at AGCPD general meetings, while full members attend the business portion of the meeting.

AGCPD Member Expectations

Full members are expected to take part in and adhere to the rules and regulations of the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match, administered by National Matching Services, Inc.

Member programs of the AGCPD are expected to work collaboratively with one another to manage rotations sites that are in close geographic proximity to multiple programs. Sometimes sites are historically linked to specific programs, while in other areas the sites are reallocated during an annual meeting of nearby programs. If you are considering starting a program that is in close geographic proximity to existing programs, we recommend you reach out to the existing program leadership. Programs also work with one another to secure placements for summer rotations, particularly when a student would like to rotate in an area within an existing network of rotation sites.

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