Genetic Counselors are health care professionals with graduate degrees. They have specialized training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Most genetic counselors work with physicians, social workers, nurses, and other medical professionals to offer care to patients and families affected by a wide variety of genetic conditions.

Genetic Counselors work with patients and families to evaluate family health history, discuss genetic conditions, explain genetic testing, and assist in decision-making about genetic testing. Genetic counselors serve as educators and resources for other health care professionals and the general public. Many participate in research activities related to medical genetics and genetic counseling.

(Adapted from NSGC definition -

Gene Stories 

Listen as patients and families share stories of their genetic counseling experiences and how their lives are impacted by different genetic conditions

Reasons for Genetic Counseling 

Genetic Counselors provide information and support to patients and families in many different specialty clinic settings.  More specific information regarding common reasons patients are referred for genetic counseling can be found here

Helpful links

Who Are Genetic Counselors?

How a Genetic Counselor Could Help You or Your Family

National Society of Genetic Counselors

Shadowing Opportunities for Students in Minnesota

Graduate Studies in Genetic Counseling at the University of Minnesota




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