Neil Shah (he/him)
As a new genetic counselor, I sit here ruminating, thinking about the social and cultural challenges I faced to get here in the first place. “You see, I am a ‘two-hit’ minority applicant”, I quipped in the countless informational interviews I had with genetic counselors prior to graduate school. Continue reading.
As an undergrad, I spent a year working in two different Adult Foster Care (AFC) homes. These are homes that are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year with support aids that provide everything from bathing and feeding to companionship and friendship. They care for adult residents that are unable to live independently due to mental illness, developmental delays, physical disabilities, and a wide range of genetic conditions. Continue reading.
Laura Brzeskiewicz MS, CGC; Gemma Nelson, MS, CGC; Charlie King, MGC, LCGC; Andrea Chang, MS, MBA; Nancy Cohen, MS, CGC; Susan Estabrooks Hahn, MS, CGC; Christy Moore, MS, LCGC
The CPT Workgroup within the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Access and Service Delivery Committee had the opportunity to sit down with a CPT expert and ask questions about the recently added -93 modifier for CPT code 96040. In this article, we describe the existing 96040 CPT code, the new -93 modifier, and provide action steps you can take in your current professional role. Continue reading.
Journal of Genetic Counseling
Tinsley Claire Douglas, Caitlyn May, Karin Dent, John C. Carey, Janessa Mladucky
Difficult news has been described as any news that adversely and seriously affects an individual's view of their future. Research in oncology genetic counseling demonstrated that individuals do not prefer in-person or telephone delivery of their genetic test results. However, in the prenatal setting, there is limited research examining how patients prefer news related to their pregnancies be disclosed. Continue reading.
Katherine N. Hehmeyer, Heather Zierhut, Robert Dedrick, Marleah Dean, Kathryn Schwarting, Katie Sullivan Bellia, Deborah Cragun
Genetic counseling (GC) relies on communication to help people understand and adapt to genetic contributions of disease, and there is need for a practical and reliable method of comprehensively documenting GC communication skills without intensive coding. To this end, we created a novel process measure called the Genetic Counseling Skills Checklist (GCSC), utilizing previously validated measures, communication/counseling frameworks, and prior research findings. Continue reading.
Lisa Jay Kessler, Laura J. Conway, Rosaria Love, Kathleen D. Valverde
The genetic counseling profession has attempted to enhance the diversity of its workforce since its inception but does not yet reflect the demographics of the United States. One barrier to entry into genetic counseling programs may be the ability to gain exposure to the profession prior to applying for entry. Continue reading.