Prospects and challenges for the genetic counsellor profession in the German-speaking countries: report of a workshop

Gunda Schwaninger, Simone Heidemann, Wera Hofmann, Tamara Maurer, Katharina Mayerhanser, Joelle Ronez, Herdit Schüler, Katharina Steinmüller, Sabine Rudnik-Schöneborn, Johannes Zschocke
2021 Medizinische Genetik  
The genetic counsellor profession has not yet been established in the German-speaking countries. In 2019 the Medical University of Innsbruck inaugurated the first German-taught Master's degree programme in Genetic and Genomic Counselling. In order to discuss prospects and challenges of the genetic counsellor profession in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH region), the MSc programme team organized a two-day workshop with international speakers and medical geneticists from the DACH region.
more » ... y 1 was dedicated to the history, training and international profile of the genetic counsellor profession. Day 2 focused on four specific topics: (i) professional role, (ii) acceptance and job title, (iii) formal requirements and (iv) remuneration concepts for genetic counsellors in the DACH region. The workshop showed that the key factor for the successful implementation of the genetic counsellor profession is acceptance and trust within the medical genetics team. Genetic counsellors complement patient care in aspects that might be underserved considering the increasing demand of counselling in genomic medicine. Successful establishment of the genetic counsellor profession will entail the development of interprofessional teams under medical supervision and in the team of medical geneticists.
doi:10.1515/medgen-2021-2055 fatcat:dlplgsueyfh4pg4cxiq5q6dizi