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Certificate in Genetic Counseling

The six months certificate course in Genetic Counselling aims at imparting students with basic knowledge in Human Genetics, Genetic basis of disease, therapy and response

Course Code 1_295
Category Postgraduate
Duration 6 months
Language English
Accreditation Martin Luther Christian University

Sample Lecture




 About the Course

The last few decades have witnessed an exponential growth in knowledge, catapulting genetics from obscurity to a pre-eminent place in healthcare. New information about causative genes, disease diagnosis and available treatment options for several single gene and complex genetic disorders as well as several birth defects, are now known making disease diagnosis and treatment easier. It is critical that clinicians learn about these developments and incorporate this knowledge into their practice. Each and every patient should be able to benefit from individualized therapy based on their unique genetic makeup; however, this can become a reality only when clinicians are able to comprehend the genetics behind the diseases and syndromes. More importantly, the implications of these must be explained to the patients and relatives in a professional and compassionate manner. Such education and counseling accompanying genetic testing is provided by Genetic Counselors in all developed countries; this kind of professional training is being given for the first time in India for clinicians. The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) officially defines genetic counseling as the understanding and adaptation to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates:

  • Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources.
  • Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.

The contemporary areas where genetic counseling is useful are:

  • Congenital/birth defects – Syndromic and non-syndromic
  • Mental retardation – Chromosomal and Genetic
  • Male and Female Infertility, Spontaneous abortions/Bad obstetric history (BOH)
  • Artificial Reproduction Techniques and Pre-implantation genetics
  • Neurological disorders – Seizures, Stroke and Psychiatric disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders – especially Muscular dystrophies
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Any Familial Disorder – Eg: Thalassemia
  • Common adult disorders – Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer genetics
  • Personalized/Individualized medicine
  • Stem cell banking and Regenerative Medicine
  • Susceptibility to infectious diseases – TB, HPV, HIV
  • Others – Deafness, Eye, Skin, Renal and Hematological disorders

Target Audience

General Practitioners, MBBS Doctors, Msc (Medical Genetics) students.

Course Delivery Format

This course is delivered entirely online. It consists of a series of comprehensive lectures by a professor in the subject, appropriately annotated with slides, animations and wherever necessary, interactive content. The delivery offers tremendous flexibility. You may pause a teacher while you refer to your textbooks (not includes) and to take notes. You may also rewind a segment to listen to the teacher again or you may skip a slide or two if you already know that bit. You may bookmark a segment that you wish to return to later, maybe to refresh just before your exams.  While the lessons in this course may be arranged in a particular order based on our curriculum, you have the flexibility to take them in order of your preference based on your personalized learning needs.


The six months Certificate course aims at imparting Clinicians with basic knowledge in Human Genetics, Genetic basis of disease, therapy and response. On completion of this course, a clinician will not only be able to provide individuals and their families’ information about diseases or problems they harbor, but also advise them of appropriate genetic tests and their consequences. They will be able to indicate the potential of gene therapy, individualized medicine and enumerate the risks of occurrence of disease to other family members, both in present and future generations. They will understand the appropriate way to communicate and impart genetic information using sound ethical and psychological methods.

S.No Topics
1 Introduction to Human Genetics
2 Genetics and Inheritance
3 Understanding Genetics at a Molecular level
4 Psychology & Medical Ethics
5 Biochemical basis of Genetics
6 Microbiology and Genetics
7 Physiology & Genetics-Correlation
8 Understanding Genetics
9 Genetics and Hematology
10 Cancers related to Genetics
11 Cytogenetic Tests
12 Laboratory and Radio Diagnosis in Genetic disorders

Dr. Q (Annie) Hasan
M.Sc (Genetics), PhD (Genetics)
Senior Consultant & Head Department of Genetics & Molecular Medicine. & Principal DNB Kamineni Hospital, Hyderabad

Dr. Annapurna Srirambhatla
MBBS., MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences & Research Centre LB Nagar, Hyderabad

Mr. Hemanth Prasad
M.Sc (Med Biochem), PGD (Med & Genetic Diagn & Counseling) Business Development Manager, MedGenome, Bengaluru

Mr. J.B. Vijaya Kumar
M.Sc., M.Phil (Zoology) Sr. Scientific Officer Hyderabad Science Society

Ms. Syeda Zubeida
M.Sc (Genetics), PhD Scholar Osmania University Hyderabad

Prof. Dr. Y.R. Ahuja
PhD (Genetics)
Director Research Dept of Genetics & Molecular Medicine,
Vasavi Medical & Research Centre, Hyderabad

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Kodati
MBBS., FRCOG, PhD (Genetics)
Medical Superintendent Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, Vidyanagar, Hyderabad & Consultant Gynecologist

Dr. Deena Patil
MBBS., MD (Dermatology)
Consultant Dematologist Columbia Asia Hospital, Bengaluru

Dr. T. Ravinder Rao
MBBS., MD (Pharmacology)
Former Professor, Clinical Research Institute of Clinical Research (ICRI) , Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad

Dr. Vasavi Mohan
M.Sc (Micro-Bio), PhD (Genetics)
Senior Scientific Officer Department of Genetics, Vasavi Medical & Research Centre, Hyderabad

Ms. Kiran Rathore
MA (Psy)., M.Phil (Clinical Psy), PhD scholar & Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Ms Winnie Thomas
M.Sc (Biotech), PhD scholar (Genetics) Department of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, Vasavi Medical & Research Centre

Ms Pavani Upendram
M.Sc (Genetics), PhD scholar (Genetics)
Genetic Counselor & Molecular Scientist
Department of Genetics, Kamineni Life Science, Kamineni Hospital, Hyderabad

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Avinash Reddy

Andhra Govt Medical College

What are the courses offered in the IMA CGP ONLINE?

No. Name of the Course Duration
1 Diploma in Family Medicine 2 Years/ 4 Semesters
2 Fellowship in Family Medicine 1 Year/ 2 Semesters
3 Fellowship in Diabetes Mellitus 1 Year/ 2 Semesters
4 Certificate course in Primary Care in Radiology 6 Months
5 Certificate in Genetic Counseling 6 Months/ 3 clusters

What are the certificates I have to submit during the admission?

  • MBBS degree certificate
  • Medical Registration certificate
  • Scanned copy of the IMA membership card
  • Compulsory Internship Certificate [CRI] with the Number [in case of provisionally registered candidates only]

After enrollment what would be the next step?

Once the enrollment process is over, we would send you a Welcome Kit that includes

  • Welcome Letter
  • Student Id card for Clinical Rotation
  • Password for accessing the IMACGP Online LMS
  • 7” Tab – Swipe MTV Brand

How will the classes be conducted?

All programs will be conducted online and will start streaming on 1st of July, 2014.
The assignments will be in the form of lecture series comprising of interactive video lectures with self assessment questions for revision, prescribed and suggested reading and weekly-graded assessments that are uploaded in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

I am a busy practitioner, with very little time for detailed and demanding schedules and curriculum? Would it be possible for me to take up this course?

The courses of the IMACGP are largely delivered online, with convenient self-study at one’s own pace, time and place facilitated through online faculty interactions and clinical exposure through hospital rotations.
The course curriculum is spaced through an extended period with release of 3 to 4 lectures of one hour duration every week interlaced with graded as well as self assessment Q-As.

Is the duration of the course fixed or can it be extended if the candidate is not able to commence/ complete the course in the stipulated time period?

Students enrolled are admitted to specific batches and tied up to specific hospitals for clinical rotation in the beginning of the course. They have a window period of 1 year for completion of the course. Both theory and practical exams are conducted at the end of the course and if the student fails to appear for the exam or fails in the examination, he/she can appear for the exam two more times at six months and one year duration. The guidelines are framed keeping in mind the fact that each empanelled hospital has a stipulated number of student in-take for any clinical rotation. In the circumstances, switching of students from one course to the other or from one batch to the other mid-way is not feasible from the hospital point of view. Tie-up with hospitals is a pre-planned and pre-budgeted component and last minute changes including postponement pose difficulty in logistics.

What is the frequency intake for these courses?

Admissions/ intake will be half-yearly for all the courses.

How does the course benefit me?

It would extensively widen the scope/ enhance the quality and reach of education for you on a lifelong basis by broadening your knowledge, so as to bridge the gap between existing and apparent needs of healthcare professionals and the society.

Would the students get an opportunity to express their opinion or give feedback?

After the 1st Week of course commencement, students are encouraged to give their feedback. SmarTeach, the virtual classroom will provide you with ample opportunities to give your feedback.

Can I switch over from one course to the other after enrollment?

Switching from one course to another after enrollment is very much discouraged. Hence the student is advised to study the brochures and the prospectus in detail before enrolling for any course. However under extra-ordinary circumstances, the Varsity will use its’ discretionary powers to allow the switch, if the student forwards his request at least ten working days before the commencement of courses.
Enrollment fee paid towards one course in one batch cannot be transferred to another or even the same course in the subsequent batch.

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