Current Status and Professional Issues of International Genetic Counselors Webinar on Tuesday, Nov 14,
1. Evaluate the current job market in the field of genetic counseling in the USA
2. Identify relevant information on U.S. work visas, namely H-1B and TN, specific to the field of genetic counseling
3. Recognize professional issues and resources in the current job market
1. International genetic counseling students in
2. International genetic counselors currently employed in
3. International genetic counselors considering employment in the USA
4. Genetic counseling program directors and
5. Any individual interested in learning more about the professional issues pertaining to international genetic counselors
Topics and Speakers:
"An Overview of the United States H-1B visa process for international genetic counselors"
Arpita Neogi, MS, LCGC
Clinical and Research Genetic Counselor
Internal Medicine- Cardiology, Yale University
"Current professional issues surrounding the
Michelle Ning, MS, LCGC
Clinical Genetic Counselor
Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
Yale-New Haven Hospital
"From U.S. TN visa to U.S. H-1B visa - points to consider for the transition"
Kenny Wong, MS, CGC
Clinical Product Director, Carrier Screening
Genetic Counselor CEUs: This event has been submitted to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for approval of Category 1 CEUs. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification. Approval for the requested CEUs and Contact Hours is currently pending.
To promote communication and relationships among genetic counselors in all nations, to encourage the development of the genetic counseling profession within multiple healthcare models, and provide assistance/support to both the NSGC membership and our international genetic counseling colleagues.
This Special Interest Group (SIG) was created and is currently maintained by members of NSGC who are currently working internationally or have an interest in genetic counseling around the world, or both.
International Genetic Counseling Spotlight
The International Genetic Counseling Spotlight blog is a project begun by the International Special Interest Group (I-SIG) of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). This project is a monthly blog post where we would like to feature genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals who are performing genetic counseling from different areas around the world. During this time of global expansion and awareness of genetic services, it is becoming increasingly important to keep up to date on practices across borders. It is our hope that this will serve as a resource for all those looking to become more culturally competent in the practice of genetic counseling, as well as helping to connect health professionals from around the world. If you would like to contribute or become involved, please contact Emily Qian, project chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
International SIG Grant Award
In an effort to promote research on international genetic counseling issues, the NSGC International SIG is providing one $500 scholarship to a genetic counseling professional or student who is interested in focusing their research project on a topic related to international genetic counseling issues. This scholarship is open to interested applicants
Project Summaries of Past Award Recipients
International Contact List
The International SIG is pleased to announce the availability of an international contact list for NSGC members. This tool consists of a periodically updated list of genetic counselors, geneticists, genetic researchers, and other relevant professionals who cannot be located using the "Find a Genetic Counselor" tool. These professionals have been contacted by our SIG and they confirmed their willingness to be listed as contacts on the NSGC website. This list is only available to NSGC members and cannot be accessed by the public.
To view the International Contact List, please
As we anticipate this list to expand over time, we are seeking your help in providing us with your own international contacts that we can add to this list. If you know of an internationally based genetic counselor/geneticist that would be willing to accept referrals from our membership, please email the name and contact information (an email would suffice) to
Patient Support Material Translations
One of the International SIG projects in 2014 included
The translated documents can be downloaded here:
Access the International SIG community (including the International SIG Discussion Forum and SIG Documents)
Join Now: To add this SIG to your NSGC membership, please visit
Review SIG grant award opportunities.
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