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Telegenetic educational experiences in genetic counseling graduate programs

Robin Berman, Natasha (2019) Telegenetic educational experiences in genetic counseling graduate programs. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Telemedicine is widely accepted and utilized more frequently as a way to connect specialists with patients who would not be able to receive medical services. There are not enough genetic counselors to meet the needs of the population, and genetic counselors tend to be more concentrated in cities; telegenetics is used effectively by genetic counselors as an alternative service delivery model and may be one way to address public health concerns related to access issues. There has been no study examining how genetic counseling graduate programs include telegenetics education in their curriculum, or how well graduates of these programs feel they are prepared to practice telegenetics. This study attempted to better understand how recently graduated genetic counselors feel their training prepared them to provide telegenetics. The survey was distributed through the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors as well as the National Society of Genetic Counselors email to membership. Individuals who graduated from a genetic counseling program from 2016 - 2018 were invited to participate. Approximately 22% of the targeted population responded to the survey. 71% of the respondents reported having some type of educational experience related to telegenetics included in their graduate work, and 54% of respondents felt that their telegenetics education was adequate. Of 2016 graduates 57% had telegenetics included and of those who graduated in 2018 88% had telegenetics included. Of those who received telegenetics education, 80% indicated gaining exposure through their clinical rotations. Approximately 52% indicated that they use some type of telegenetics in their position; a higher level than reported in the 2018 professional status survey of 19%. About 68% of respondents indicated they would have most wanted clinical experience added to their education and over 90% of respondents felt that clinical rotation experience was the most important for students. The findings suggest that the current curriculum might not be adequate in preparing genetic counseling students to provide telegenetics. These study findings could help genetic counseling programs address their curriculum to ensure the students are well-prepared to provide telegenetics.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Robin Berman, Natashankr10@pitt.edunkr10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDurst, Andreaadurst@pitt.eduadurst
Committee MemberMai, Phuongmaip@mail.magee.edumaip
Committee MemberThull, Darcythuldl@mail.magee.eduthuldl
Committee MemberBear, Toddtobst2@pitt.edutobst2
Date: 3 June 2019
Defense Date: 23 May 2019
Approval Date: 23 July 2019
Submission Date: 3 June 2019
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 149
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Genetic Counseling
School of Public Health > Public Health Genetics
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: telegenetics; genetic counseling education; telemedicine
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 18:28
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 05:15


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