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These sessions are meant to enhance the students' understanding of genetic counseling outside the classroom. Some activities are independent such as the INGC Blog and DNA Day while others are collaborative such as Journal Club and Syndrome Reviews.
- Journal Club - This may be a combination of in-person and online discussions of genetic counseling and clinical genetics journal articles of interest. Genetic counseling students will be the ones presenting the articles.
- Syndrome Reviews – This session will be used to discussion various genetic syndromes and will be presented by genetic counseling students.
- Professional Issues Session - A biweekly session to discuss various topics in genetic counseling that have arisen during clinical rotations from interviewing techniques and CV writing to difficult cases and psychosocial counseling issues.
- Community Outreach - Students will have the opportunity to participate in invited talks to local schools and community groups and participate in other activities such as Race for the Cure (Susan G. Komen Event), Night at the Museum (local event for families with introduction to scientific activities).
- DNA Day/Science Day - Students can volunteer to plan and staff DNA and genetics-related events sponsored by the Indiana Network of Genetic Counselors at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum or the Indiana State Fair.
- INGC Blog - Students will have the opportunity to write content for our local Indiana Network of Genetic Counselors’ blog page.
- Regional and National NSGC Conferences - Students will have the opportunity to attend both national and local conferences. Financial assistance may be available for these conferences during the second year of training.
- Capstone Project - Students will be expected to choose a Capstone Project to build knowledge and skills required to contribute to the field of genetic counseling. This individualized project may consist of a detailed case study with literature review, a clinical or laboratory research project, or a clinical application (such as developing clinical practice tools or professional educational programs or creating informational material to benefit individuals and families with genetic disorders). Students will work with their advisory committee to develop the project and ensure its completion. Each project will be presented during an oral presentation to the department and invited guests.