The VaAGC is an organization that was developed in the fall of 2007 by a group of genetic counselors representing various regions in Virginia as an outgrowth of conversations begun at recent state meetings.

The intended purpose of the organization is to facilitate communication among counselors in Virginia and to serve as a resource for relevant information to the public.

About VAAGC

About VAAGC

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WHAT IS A GENETIC COUNSELOR?

A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who has specific academic training to serve and support individuals and families with genetic conditions or those who may be at risk for genetic conditions or birth defects. Genetic counselors typically practice as part of a health care team, primarily in prenatal, pediatric and oncology settings. Many genetic counselors work in industry, such as laboratories that offer genetic testing services. Other genetic counselors work in public health settings educating the public about screening and prevention options for certain birth defects and genetic conditions.

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Join Us at the Annual Virginia State Genetics Education Conference

The Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors hosts an annual education conference that rotates between the four regions of the state: Northern, Central, Eastern and Western. The annual meeting is typically held in May to allow for graduate student attendance and presentation. Look out for information about our upcoming conference in the new year!

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VAAGC Call for Board Nominations!

5 positions open starting May 2020: Board of Directors (2 positions open), Central Regional Representative, Northern Regional Representative, Secretary. Serving on the board or as an officer is a great way to get involved with VaAGC. Each term is for two years. These opportunities are open to any full VaAGC member (any genetic counselor living or working in Virginia). If you are a full VaAGC member and would like to nominate yourself or another full member, please contact us at elections@vaagc.com

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         Spring 2020 Student Research Award
                  Now taking applications!

Purpose
The purpose of the VAAGC Student Research Award is to support quality graduate-level
research that supports the VAAGC vision: To maximize the quality of genetic health care and to
improve and promote the practice of genetic counseling in the state of Virginia.
Eligibility
Current Masters of Genetic Counseling students who are in good standing at an accredited
program.
Award
The VAAGC plans to fund up to four proposals at a maximum of $500 each. The number of
awards may vary depending on the quality of proposals, requested budget, and availability of
funds.  Awardees will be announced on June 1st, 2020
Important Dates
Proposals must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59 PM EST on May 1st, 2020.

Questions
Please direct any questions about the award to treasurer@vaagc.com or
northernregionrep@vaagc.com.
Proposal Instructions click here



Have questions about genetic counselors or need more information?

This is my first visit to a genetic counselor. What can I expect?

Genetic counselors frequently speak to clients about complex scientific and emotional topics. Usually the issues involve genetic conditions or birth defects or possibilities of such things occurring. The topic you bring to the genetic counseling session may determine the content of the discussion, however you can expect the genetic counselor to have specialized knowledge and be able to answer your questions, maybe even to anticipate some of your questions. Often, the genetic counselor acts as an interpreter for the medical information and a support person if the information turns out to be stressful.

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WHO WE ARE

The VaAGC facilitates communication among counselors in Virginia and serves as a resource for delivering relevant information to the public.

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PO BOX 7621
Charlottesville VA 22906

Email
info@vaagc.com

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