ACGC relies on its volunteers to complete a number of organizational activities critical to its mission. There are a number of ways in which you can become involved if interested in volunteering.
Board of Directors Nominations
ACGC is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors for two (2) positions.
The open positions are for:
Certified Genetic Counselor Member
A Certified Genetic Counselor member is someone who is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and whose primary job focuses on the provision of genetic counseling services. Individuals who are also in leadership positions within a genetic counseling training program (i.e. Program Director/Co-Director, Associate or Assistant Program Director, Clinical/Fieldwork Coordinator) are not eligible under this position.
An Educator member is someone directly and significantly involved with an accredited graduate program in genetic counseling (e.g., professor, instructor, academic dean, clinical supervisor, program leader).
The term for these positions is 3 years and will begin on July 1, 2018. Nominations for these positions are being accepted through November 1, 2017 and can be submitted in two ways:
- Self-Nomination: please submit a personal statement form, updated CV, and photo to the Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2017.
- Nominate a Colleague: please contact the individual first to determine interest and then submit their name and email address to the Executive Office at email@example.com by November 1, 2017. We will contact them to submit a personal statement form, updated CV and photo no later than November 15.
Contact Meredith Weaver, ACGC Past President, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about serving on the Board. If you are interested in learning about other volunteer opportunities with ACGC, please contact the Executive Office at email@example.com.
Thank you for your participation in this important process.
2017 ACGC Nominating Committee
Quinn Stein, Chair
Program Review Committee
The purpose of the Program Review Committee is to review applications submitted by programs seeking ACGC accreditation. This committee will review accreditation applications to assess whether programs are compliant with the Standards of Accreditation and make recommendation to the Board of Directors regarding the accreditation decisions.
Participation in annual training via webinar (1 hour) with the potential for an in-person training to be held in conjunction with a national genetics meeting
Review up to 5-7 accreditation applications potentially annually
Review annual Reports of Current Status
Participation in 2 conference calls for each program under review (each lasts approximately 60 minutes)
Minimum of a 3 year commitment
Program Site Visitors
The site visitor team serves as the eyes and ears of the ACGC while exploring a genetic counseling program on location. Responsibilities and time commitments of site visitors include:
Site visitor qualifications:
- Participate in annual training via webinar (1 hour), with the potential for an in-person training to be held in conjunction with a national Genetics meeting
- Thoroughly reviewing the accreditation application for the genetic counseling program they have been assigned.
- Review accreditation application and PRC summary findings for the assigned program (up to 5 hours of work)
- Travel to program site and conduct 1.5 days of interviews with program director(s), medical director, faculty, current students, graduates, administrators and rotation supervisors. Travel is typically scheduled between November/December and February/March for the 2 different review cycles.
- In conjunction with other members of the site visit team, compose a comprehensive report summarizing the program’s strengths and weaknesses for use by the ACGC Board when making accreditation decision
- Minimum of a 3 year commitment
- Practicing Genetic Counselor or Medical Geneticist with at least 5 years of experience
- Current ABGC or ABMG certification
- Recent experience in the didactic education and/or clinical training of genetic counselors
- Expertise in the body of systematic knowledge essential to the field of genetic counseling
- Willingness to conduct at least 2 site visits in a three year period
- Completion of ACGC site visitor orientation (review of PowerPoint presentation)
Download a Volunteer Application
Standards Committee Volunteer Application
Personal Statement Form for Board Nominations