Working as part of a team of doctors and other health
professionals, genetic counselors provide education and support to families
with members who have birth defects or genetic conditions such as sickle cell
disease, cystic fibrosis, or hemophilia. They also look at test results and family histories to see how
likely a couple is to have a child who has a genetic problem.
Genetic counselors have graduate degrees and experience in the
areas of medical genetics and counseling. Many genetic counselors have worked
in other areas, such as nursing, psychology, public health, or social
Licensing, certification, and registration requirements for genetic
counselors vary from state to state.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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