The Commission on Cancer regularly collaborates with over 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
The NSGC was incorporated in 1979.
The Society's Vision: Integrating genetics and genomics to improve health for all.
The Society's Mission: The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services. NSGC is currently led by President Karin Dent, MS, LCGC from the University of Utah, and governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors, with support from various Committees, Task Forces, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.
NSGC’s current strategic initiatives are focused on increasing access to genetic counseling services through outreach and collaboration with physicians and other healthcare providers and advocacy and education with payers. NSGC is also committed to preparing and equipping our members with the knowledge and tools to proactively navigate the upcoming changes in the healthcare system and in genetics/genomics.
NSGC’s membership specializes in many different specialty areas and practice settings, providing support and genetic services to patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. The diversity of practice areas is evident in NSGC’s growing number of official special interest groups (SIGs), currently numbered at twenty. The largest of NSGC’s SIGs is the Familial Cancer Risk Counseling SIG (aka “The Cancer SIG”). The Cancer SIG is led this year by Jessica Everett, MS, CGC from the University of Michigan and Brittany Thomas, MS, CGC from the Mayo Clinic. The Cancer SIG specifically promotes communication between providers and affiliates of cancer genetic counseling services for the purpose of advancing the field of cancer genetic counseling.
NSGC’s primary education event is the Annual Education Conference (AEC), held each year in the fall. The 2011 AEC is scheduled for October 27 - 30 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Marriott. Immediately preceding the AEC on October 26 is a day of Preconference Symposia. The Preconference Symposia are six, six-hour sessions on a specific topic, one being cancer-focused. This year’s cancer related Preconference Symposium involves pharmacogenetics, featuring a panel of experts within the field of Cancer Genetics. In addition, several educational break-out sessions at this year’s AEC will feature relevant hereditary cancer topics including Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer, SNP-based Testing and Cancer Genetics, Prostate Cancer Genetics, and Fertility Issues related to Cancer.
NSGC also hosts a variety of year-round educational opportunities offered online. An online course is made available each summer and webinars are held throughout the year on various topics of interest to genetic counselors. Additional online courses on coding, cultural competence and clinical trials management are also available through NSGC.
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Several members of NSGC are actively involved in creating and maintaining Practice Guidelines, some of which involve collaborative efforts between NSGC and other organizations. Practice Guidelines for genetic cancer risk assessment and counseling, in collaboration with ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) and ACMG (American College of Medical Genetics), are currently undergoing revisions and new Practice Guidelines regarding the evaluation and management for Lynch syndrome, in collaboration with CGA-ICC (Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colon Cancer), are in the final stages of development.
In addition the Cancer SIG published a document called, Practice Resources for Starting, Expanding, and Supporting a Cancer Genetics Program. Other helpful resources and publications are also available on the NSGC website: www.nsgc.org.
For more information on this organization, please contact:
Meghan Carey, Executive Director, 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60611
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web site: http://www.nsgc.org