Duan Tao: Who has the qualification of the genetic counselor?


Duan Tao, the chief physician in the obstetrical department of the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital talked about the dilemma of the clinical genetics and asked the question that who has the qualification of the genetic counselor, which results in our consideration. He pointed out that in China,genetics ≠ human genetics ≠ medical genetics ≠ clinical genetics. So far the most suitable candidates are obstetricians, pediatricians. But can these people with genetics background really work as genetic counselors?

Dr. Duan put forward some solutions, for example, introducing foreign curriculums to cultivate our clinicians and building career systems of genetic counselors and clinical geneticist in the future.