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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 100 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 8th Annual GAGC Education Conference will be held on April 16th and 17th at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Over 90 genetics healthcare professionals from Georgia and throughout the southeast generally attend the conference to learn about current genetics topics from various experts in the field. Topics will include Engaging in Difficult Conversations, Peer Supervision for Genetic Counselors, and various topics from our industry sponsors.  Learn more about this free event.

Genetic Counseling Camp

Our third annual Genetic Counseling Career Camp was held on October 5th, 2019 on Emory University’s campus in Atlanta, GA. This event is ideal for anyone interested in the field of genetic counseling as a potential career path, including high school students and undergraduates. Topics include a ‘day in the life’ of a practicing genetic counselor, the evolving role of genetic counselors in healthcare, and advice on the application process from program directors and current students. This event is generally held every fall. Please contact us to join our listserve to receive updates on the next Career Camp.

News

Genetic Counseling Licensure

On May 7, 2019, Georgia became the 28th state to enact a bill providing for licensure of genetic counselors. As of January 1, 2020, all genetic counselors practicing in the state of GA will be required to hold a license. Licensure provides title protection such that consumers can be assured that when they make an appointment with a genetic counselor in the state of GA, that clinician has been suitably trained in genetics. Only individuals who qualify for a license are eligible to use the title “licensed genetic counselor,” “genetic counselor,” or other insignia/designation that would imply that the individual is licensed as a genetic counselor. Consumers are encouraged to look for this designation when making an appointment for genetic counseling.

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