Interview with a Genetic Counselor : Ms Vaishnavi Suresh, India

I will always remember the examples and technique that Ms Vaishnavi had taught me through this interview.

I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to Ms Vaishnavi Suresh for being such a great guest and sharing her opinions and experience with us. Do watch out for the end where she discusses on a very interesting and simple technique that she uses as a Genetic Counselor in communicating with her patients.

As not everyone is probably aware of Genetic Counseling in India, I have given a brief introduction about the field in this country along with the courses available. For more information, please visit: http://www.geneticcounselingboardindia.com/

Current Status in India :

Genetic Counseling is largely being provided by General Medical professionals or specialists of other fields like Gynecologists, Pediatricians, Oncologists, etc, who are not trained in Human Genetics or Genetic Counselling. In some institutions Clinicians in DM Genetics (Trained at SGPGI, Lucknow) and in other, Pediatricians with Clinical Genetics post graduation done from International centers carry out Genetic Counselling. While in other centers Msc or MD  with PhD in Genetics provide counselling.

National Institute of Biomedical Genetics (NIBMG), West Bengal and Maharashtra Institute of Health Sciences, Pune have proposed to commence full time genetic Counselling programs in their respective institutes, however these are not currently being offered.

Training Programmes & Certificate Courses in India

There are very few formal planned Genetic Counselling Training programs in India, these include –

  1. Post Graduate Certificate Course in Medical & Genetic Counselling at Kamineni Hospitals, Hyderabad (2007- to date).  Click here for more details
  2. Certificate Course in Genetic Counselling in Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore (2015). Click here for more details
  3. MSc. Biomedical genetics with Genetic counselling, Vellore Institute of Technology(2013-2015). Visit website for more details  www.vit.ac.in
  4. MSc. Genetic counselling, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (2015). Visit website for more details

1 Comment

  1. I cannot describe in words how informative this interview session was, especially to me as an aspiring GC from India! i could not find enough information online about the BGCI Licensing exams and the number of minimum cases required to sit for the exams. So, i’m really glad Vaishnavi shared adequate details about it in this interview. Also, like Disha mentioned, the tips to simplify genetic language to patients were absolutely phenomenal. One additional topic i really wish could be discussed was the selection process she went through for admission for the PG diploma certificate course in Kamineni Hospitals. Since there aren’t enough details available in the internet, this would be useful and practical information for aspiring GCs like me. Thanks for sharing your learning and knowledge Vaishnavi! And thank you Disha for arranging this interview! Looking out for many more such informative and engaging sessions! Best wishes and cheers!

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