Celebrating Michigan Medicine’s genetic counselors
Genetic counselors are important members of the health care team.
With expertise in medical genetics, genetic counselors interpret family histories, perform risk assessment, identify appropriate genetic testing and review complex results.
With advanced training in psychosocial concepts, genetic counselors educate patients who are making decisions about genetic testing or who have just received a diagnosis, helping them adapt to the information and incorporate it into their life in a way that is individualized to their needs and values.
At Michigan Medicine, we are fortunate to have more than 30 genetic counselors working in multiple specialties, including pediatrics, OB/GYN, cancer, cardiovascular, ophthalmology and medical genetics.
In their unique role, genetic counselors can assist both providers and patients as they integrate genetic information into their healthcare practice.
Later this week, the organization will celebrate Genetic Counselor Awareness Day. Sponsored by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the day, scheduled for Nov. 10, was initiated to help raise awareness of genetic counselors and their role.
Want to learn more about genetics and how a genetic counselor can help you? Go to nsgc.org or reach out to a genetic counselor here at Michigan Medicine.