Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

Brief History

The MS Genetic Counseling Program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro was approved as a new program by the UNC Board of Directors in 1999 and became the first genetic counseling training program in North Carolina. Courses began in Fall 2000 with an inaugural cohort of seven individuals. The first class graduated in 2002. Nancy Callanan, a key member of the proposal committee, was named the founding director of the Genetic Counseling Program in 1999, a position she held until her retirement in 2016. Dr. Pamela Reitnauer, also a member of the proposal committee, continues to serve today as the program’s Medical Director.

Since the program’s initiation, it has graduated over 150 genetic counselors who work in 26 U.S. states and Canada and work in all sub-specialties of genetic counseling. Lauren Doyle joined the program in 2016 as the director. Two alumni, Randi Stewart (Class of 2002) and Rachel Mills (Class of 2008) have returned to UNCG as program faculty, while numerous alumni serve as clinical supervisors, research mentors, and guest faculty for our students and students across the country.

The year 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Genetic Counseling Program at UNCG and we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion, the 150 program alumni, and all of the individuals who have supported the program through its growth from inception to now.

We encourage you to return to this page often for event announcements and to sign up for the program newsletter here. Over the course of the next year, we will feature program alumni, individuals special to the program, influential people and work, as well as current students. The year-long celebrations will culminate with a gala in Greensboro in Fall 2021.

Celebrate with us! Look for announcements in the newsletters, on this website and through social media about upcoming events.  Sign up to be a part of our distribution list!

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We want to hear from you! Look out for ways to submit photos for a virtual scrapbook, favorite memories, and even videos with your stories of your experiences with the UNCG Genetic Counseling Program and beyond.

Anniversary swag! The 20th Anniversary logo was created to commemorate the accomplishments of the program and its place of honor in the history of genetics education in North Carolina.

Wear it proudly! Send us a picture in your UNCG gear to be featured on the website and newsletters.

So many reasons to celebrate! We will be sending out information throughout the year about ways to celebrate no matter where you are in the country. Stay tuned for regional alumni socials, service opportunities, friendly competitions and more!

Upcoming Events:

October 2, 2020Virtual Precision Medicine Symposium Class of 2020 celebration
October 23, 2020Virtual Fall NCMGA Meeting
October 23 – 24, 2020UNCG Virtual Homecoming
October 24, 2020Greater Greensboro Buddy Walk
October 27 – 31, 2020Virtual ASHG Meeting
October 31, 2020Hallow-gene
November 12, 2020   Genetic Counselor Awareness Day
November 18 – 22, 2020NSGC Annual Conference
December 1, 2020National Day of Giving #GivingTuesday
March 5, 2021Believe in the G Day of Fundraising
February 28, 2021Rare Disease Day
March 21, 2021National Down Syndrome Awareness Day
April 13 – 17, 2021ACMG Meeting
April 25, 2021DNA Day
May 7, 2021Capstone Presentations and Graduation
Fall 2021Gala Weekend: Gala, family-friendly activities, and additional events. More details to come!

Have something to add to the calendar? Just let us know!