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PhenoTips Speaker Series Presents the Adoption and Impact of Digital Tools in Genetic Counseling
The Adoption and Impact of Digital Tools in Genetic Counseling
The Adoption and Impact of Digital Tools in Genetic Counseling is a panel discussion featuring Andrew McCarty, MS, CGC, Scott Weissman, MS, CGC, & Amy Taylor, PhD, moderated by Kira Dineen, MS, CGC.

As genetic testing becomes increasingly common, genetic counselors face increasing demand that they struggle to meet due to low numbers of genetic professionals in clinical care. Supplementing genetic counseling practice with digital tools is necessary in order to provide essential services while mitigating burnout, but genetic counselors and genetic departments face significant barriers to adoption.

After the session attendees will:
• Identify the clinical impact of digital tools in genetic departments through examples shared by the panel
• Discover methods of gathering departmental support for digital tool adoption
• Understand techniques that allow genetic counselors and genetic departments to overcome challenges in digital tool adoption

Event breakdown
• Panel discussion, 45 mins
• Audience Q & A and small group discussion, 15 mins

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Nov 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Andrew McCarty
Laboratory Genetic Counselor, Founder @PerkinElmer Genomics & Clover Genetics
Andrew McCarty earned his master’s degree in Genetic Counseling at Arcadia University and his current primary role is as a laboratory genetic counselor at Perkin Elmer Genomics. Andrew also operates a private practice based out of Pittsburgh called Clover Genetics working to improve access to genetic services. Andrew’s areas of genetics expertise include neurogenetics, immunology, and over half a decade of experience within a pediatric hospital. Andrew is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and has a passion for providing genetic education to healthcare providers, students, and individuals seeking care. Andrew holds a genetic counselor license in PA, and has authored numerous scholarly articles, including research on the use of the digital tool Proband in pedigree construction and assessment published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.
Scott Weissman
Cancer Services Lead, Founder @Genome Medical & Chicago Genetic Consultants, LLC
Scott Weissman is the founder Chicago Genetic Consultants, LLC and the Cancer Services Lead at tele-genetics provider Genome Medical. Scott received his Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling in 2002 from Northwestern University, and has practiced as a board-certified genetic counselor for over 15 years with experience in adult-onset genetic disorders and cancer genetics. Scott has been an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and has worked with patient advocacy groups (FORCE, Bright Pink, CCARE, Sharshreet) as well as lectured across the country on a variety of topics related to genetic counseling and testing. Scott has authored numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in several prestigious publications such as Genetics in Medicine, Cancer, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Journal of Genetic Counseling. He has been recognized for his work on multiple occasions.
Amy Taylor
Lead Consultant Genetic Counsellor @Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr. Amy Taylor carried out her doctoral research into the genetics of deafness at the Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham and at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Genetic Counselling from Cardiff University in 2008, and completed GCRB Registration in 2011. Her specialist interests include cancer genetics, cardiac genetics and neurofibromatosis type 2, and for the last six years she has been a member of the UK Cancer Genet- ics Group Council. As Lead Consultant Genetic Counsellor at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Amy heads a team of 14 Genetic Counsellors who provide a high quality service to patients in the East Anglia region. She has over ten years’ experience in genetic counselling and has authored numerous scholarly articles published in prestigious journals such as Clinical Genetics and Journal of Medical Genetics.