Genetic counselors provide information and support to families who have members with genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. They identify families at risk, investigate the specific disorder, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available options with the family.
Genetic counselors also serve as patient advocates and refer individuals or families to community or state support services. They serve as educators and resources to other health care professionals and the general public. Some counselors also work in administrative capacities, and many engage in research activities related to the field of medical genetics and genetic counseling.
Our program embeds genetic counselors in adult medicine practices.