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Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors

The Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors (GAGC) is the leading advocate for genetic counseling and genetic services across the state of Georgia.  Genetic counselors are specially trained healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge of genetics, as well as psychology.  We help healthcare providers, patients and families navigate the often complex, cutting edge world of genomics and personalized medicine. 

Over 50 genetic counselors work in the state of Georgia today, and more will join in the near future.  Many of these individuals work in healthcare settings and specialize in everything from cancer to cardiology to pediatrics.  Others work for laboratories.  All are here to help.  Whether you are looking for a genetic counselor, are currently working in the field, or are interested in this profession as a future career, GAGC is your local connection to genomic medicine in Georgia.

Events

Annual Education Conference

The 5th Annual GAGC Education Conference was held on April 21st and 22nd at the Wellstar Development Center in Atlanta.  Nearly 100 genetics healthcare professionals from Georgia (as well as 7 other states!) attended to learn from experts in the field.  Topics ranged from pediatric oncology and epilepsy to CRISPR technology to the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.  We even heard from the next generation of counselors as students from Emory University presented their graduate work.  Learn more about this free event, and make sure to stay in touch as we look forward to the 6th Annual Conference in 2018. Learn more about this free event

News

Genetic Counseling Licensure

To date, 20 states have passed legislation requiring licensure for genetic counselors practicing in their state.  Georgia is not one of these.  Licensure is an important step towards ensuring high quality genetic services and protecting the public from harm.  GAGC strongly supports efforts to enact licensure in Georgia.  To further efforts in this direction, GAGC recently began working with a lobbyist and has introduced draft HB 636. Over the coming year, we will be working with a number of legislators and stakeholders from around the state to ensure a final bill that will serve all Georgians, and ensure they always receive the excellent care they deserve.