100% Pass Rate - Congratulations Class of 2021
The 16 members of the inaugural graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the ABGC Certification Exam! Congratulations one and all. To learn more about these outstanding graduates, visit our alumni page.
$25 Million Gift Establishes Armellino Center of Excellence for Williams Syndrome at Penn Medicine
Thursday, June 2, 2022
With a vision to strategically bridge the gap between pediatric and adult care for individuals with Williams syndrome, a $25 million gift from Michael R. Armellino, W’61, will establish the Armellino Center of Excellence for Williams Syndrome to serve as a model for coordinated care across the lifespan, as well as to provide social support and pioneer research for individuals with the genetic condition.
Penn Medicine Awarded $9.5 Million Grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling Programs
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The Warren Alpert Foundation funding becomes the most significant award to support genetic counseling education nationwide
PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine has been awarded a $9.5 million grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation to continue its efforts to increase diversity in genetic counseling, a field that, despite impressive leaps forward in genetic knowledge, lacks a diverse workforce. The Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling grant will support 40 underrepresented students in five genetic counseling programs in the Northeastern U.S. over five years to expand all dimensions of diversity. PI Kathleen Valverde, PhD, LCGC, the Director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead this effort, joined by a consortium of participating Genetic Counseling master’s programs from Boston University, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Ten students will be selected yearly, two from each program, to receive full tuition support and a cost of living stipend. Click here for more information on the Alliance to Increase Diversity Scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania.
Early genetic testing can lead to better health outcomes. So why are patients of color not tested at the same rates?
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Dana Farengo Clark, MS, LCGC, Senior Genetic Counselor at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center, and her patient, NJ nurse Kimyatta Frazier, were interviewed by WHYY's Sojourner Ahébée about racial disparities in genetic testing.
The University of Pennsylvania Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program is fortunate to be based at the Perelman School of Medicine, the first medical school in the country and rated in the top five for the last twenty years, and at a University and in a city where medical and educational breakthroughs and innovations have been a way of life for 300 years.
The combination of experience, tremendous resources, and a dedication to excellence makes the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program a top choice for graduate education.
The mission of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program is to maximize the resources and clinical expertise of a renowned academic, research-oriented medical school to prepare the next generation of genetic counseling clinical scholars in order to shape the future of genetic counseling and genomic medicine.
The program received full re-accreditation in 2016 for the maximum of eight years, through 2024, and meets the ACGC requirements for curriculum content, clinical experience, and overall program design. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the certification examination offered by the ABGC and to apply for state licensure.