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Master in Genetic Counselling

Methodology

  • Theoretical knowledge

The programme includes a broad range of theoretical knowledge, developed mainly in the first year, in all areas of Medical Genetics. The theoretical programme is divided into traditional theoretical classes and a larger number of problem based learning (PBL) classes, with the aim of encouraging active learning in the participant.

  • Laboratory experience

Genetic counsellors must have knowledge of basic laboratory methods and procedures, which is why the programme includes training in academic, public or private laboratories with certified teaching experience, and clinical and research laboratories in the areas of cytogenetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and screening.

  • Clinical training

During the course, participants will take part in clinical activities supervised by expert geneticists in each of the areas of clinical genetics, with the aim of encouraging independence and giving participants firsthand experience of professional contact with patients and families with genetic diseases. Clinical experience will be subject to continuous assessment of both the quality of the scientific knowledge acquired and the comprehensive healthcare approach towards the patient, which should include aspects of the patient-counsellor relationship that are key for a high quality professional service. The need for firsthand clinical training means that the number of participants per consultation will be limited to 1 or 2.

  • Teaching experience Participants will prepare presentations, class exercises and projects for creating educational material for different audiences, as well as real

communicative activities. The purpose of this work is to develop participants' ability to prepare and deliver educational presentations to patients, professionals and the community in general.

  • Clinical research experience

Participants will take part in one or more clinical research projects with the aim of gaining an understanding of the relationship between healthcare and research in the field of Medical Genetics. During the course, participants will develop the skills needed to publish and disseminate exceptional clinical cases, to design quantitative studies and write up research reports. They will also develop the skills needed to provide patients with information to secure their participation in projects and to draw up and obtain informed consent forms.

  • Evaluation

Objective assessments will be carried out for all the areas of learning, including theoretical classes, PBL (Problem based learning), practical IT and laboratory classes and clinical practice. Assessors will complete objective forms in order to give participants a detailed and precise grade. Excellence is expected in all areas of training, and attendance will be taken into account with a minimum of 80% attendance for the theoretical classes and 100% for the practical activities.

Tools

Face-to-face masters programs, postgraduate courses and short courses at UPF Barcelona School of Management combine active student participation with the teaching of theoretical and practical concepts. This type of learning focuses on discussing and resolving case studies in the classroom and applying the knowledge acquired to real-life situations. Face-to face programs use Aula Global, the virtual campus, to maintain continuity between classroom sessions.

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