Nov 27 2019

Time is Running Out! Let Your Voice Be Heard on the 2019 Medical Geneticist Workforce Survey

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Have you received an email from ABMGG about the “Current Practice in Medical Genetics Survey” but haven’t had a chance to complete it? Be sure to complete the survey before the deadline, December 1st!

Your participation will provide crucial information to ABMGG, ACMG, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that will help inform a report on the current state of the medical genetics workforce.

The survey link can be found in emails sent by ABMGG. If you did not receive an email with the survey link and believe you should have, please contact abmgg@abmgg.org. If you have any questions about the survey design or how the data will be used, please contact Alisha Keehn or Megan Lyon.

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Oct 17 2019

NSGC

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The National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference takes place 11/5-11/8 in Salt Lake City, UT. Registration is still open.  The WSRGN will be helping man the National Coordinating booth.  Stop by if you are attending the conference.

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Oct 17 2019

SACNAS

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The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is having its National Diversity in STEM Conference from 10/31-11/2 in Honolulu, HI. Late registration closes on 10/29.

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Oct 17 2019

First Annual Hawaii Maternal Telehealth Summit

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Healthcare providers from all over Hawaii recently came together for the First Maternal Telehealth Summit in Honolulu, HI. Speakers included Curtis Lowery, MD of the University of Arkansas and Joseph Humphry, MD of Lanai Community Health Center. Topics included challenges and successes in implementing maternal/fetal medicine telehealth services, and determining what is necessary to start a maternal/fetal medicine telehealth program.

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Oct 17 2019

WSRGN Summit

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The WSRGN Summit was held from 9/26-9/27 in Seattle, Washington. Highlights include:

  • An overview of our activities and projects for this three-year grant cycle to improve access to genetic services for medically underserved populations
  • State/Territory/National Partner highlights regarding access to genetic services: Watch here.
  • Fruitful small group discussions about increasing access to genetic services and integrating family advocates as resources into genetics practices and training programs

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Oct 17 2019

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2020 DNA Day Essay Contest is Now Open!

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DNA Day Essay Contest for Teachers and Students

For high school teachers and students: Check out the 2020 American Society of Human Genetics’ (ASHG) Annual Essay Contest for Grades 9-12. Easy to work into your biology class for extra credit, or to challenge students. Winning students receive cash awards, and their teachers win genetics materials grants. The submission site opens in early January 2020.

Contest Website

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Oct 17 2019

Family Advocates

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To better understand patient concerns, Tamara Bakewell our Oregon family advocates organized a Webinar on “Myths and Misconceptions of Genetic Services”. Genetic counselor Austin Bland answered several common misconceptions on genetic services that their patients mention in clinic visits, including “There’s nothing like this in my family – it can’t be genetic”, “They sell my information”, “The test is not reliable”, “This is my family’s fate”, and that “testing is too expensive”.  The WSRGN can help with webinars such as this one if you are interested.

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Oct 17 2019

Archived Webinar: Newborn Screening Bioinformatics 101

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The archived recording of the Newborn Screening Bioinformatics 101 National webinar is available. The webinar provides an overview of bioinformatics and describes how it applies at multiple levels, with newborn screening as the use case. 

Contact Sari Edelman with any questions.

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Oct 17 2019

Virtual Roundtable on States’ Experiences Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 2:00–3:30 pm ET

Webinar Registration Link

This first installment of the SMA webinar series will provide a platform for state programs to share their knowledge and experiences implementing screening for SMA. Speakers will answer questions regarding implementation methods and activities, follow up best practices, and educational strategies related to SMA. Attendees may submit questions in advance for the speakers to address during the webinar to Kshea Hale by October 18, 2019.

This webinar will provide 1.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hour for participants who successfully complete this webinar.

Contact Kshea Hale if you have any questions.

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Mar 28 2018

Updated ACT Sheet and New Algorithm for Pompe Disease

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The updated Pompe Disease ACT Sheet and newly developed Pompe algorithm are now available on the ACMG website.  The ACTion(ACT) Sheet describes the short-term actions a health professional should follow in communicating with the family and determine the appropriate steps in the diagnostic process. The accompanying algorithm presents an overview of the basic steps involved in determining the final diagnosis in the infant.

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