This year, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected grading practices at some universities. Specifically, some courses were graded as pass/fail instead of with a numerical or letter grade. For molecular genetics courses that were graded as pass/fail, we will be requesting further information regarding competency. Please provide a letter from the course professor speaking to the applicant’s overall performance in the course and how this compares to other students in the cohort, or provide the course professor’s contact information. Please note that a letter provided speaking to the applicant’s performance in the molecular genetics course will not be considered a reference letter, and 3 letters of reference are still required. For courses other than molecular genetics that have a pass/fail grade, we will be assessing grade performance in previous coursework to inform the application review.
Exposure to the profession of genetic counselling:
We recognize that opportunities to gain exposure to the field may be more limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage applicants to find alternate ways of gaining insight into the field. This can include informational interviews with genetic counsellors across different practice areas, reading the Journal of Genetic Counselling to understand the issues and the research that are active in the field, and online sources such as NSGC, CAGC, Master Genetic Counselor videos and the BCCHR Mini Med School 2016 session on genetic counselling.
Virtual Career Fair
The Western States Regional Genetics Network will be holding virtual career fairs on September 28 and 30. All prospective genetic counselling students are encouraged to attend. More information can be found here. In addition, prospective students may find the Minority Genetic Professionals Network Resources to be valuable.