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Pennsylvania Association

of Genetic Counselors


News & Announcements

University of Pennsylvania
Genetic Counseling Program
awarded grant to increase diversity
in student enrollment

Warren Alpert Foundation awards $9.5 Million grant to

the University of Pennsylvania for scholarships to incoming students. Scholarships include tuition and living expenses. Four other genetic counseling programs are participating in awarding scholarships. UPenn Program Director, Kathy Valverde, is the P.I. 

Funding Available for Research Projects
Applications Due April 15, 2024

In an effort to provide research support to the membership of PAGC or genetic counseling graduate students in Pennsylvania, the PAGC Research Grant (PRG) will provide grant funding (up to $1000) for PAGC members and genetic counseling students. 

Email applications to

Updated Management Guidelines
for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

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Newsletter Issue

(newsletter is released in April and September)

Scroll down to see featured genetic counseling students from the PA GC programs

About  PAGC

We are a 501 (c)(6) non-profit organization that supports the professional growth of the genetic counseling community in Pennsylvania. There are great opportunities on the horizon for those who would like to volunteer their time and experience to support the needs of genetic counselors in our state. Please explore our site to get to know us and visit our Membership Page for more information about how you can get involved.

View Our Executive Board

PAGC values diversity and inclusion as core tenets to the field of genetic counseling. PAGC promotes the use of language that is conscious of these principles and encourages all members of the genetic counseling community to engage in language that is acceptable. 


Resources for learning about fluidity in gender identity if you are looking for more information:

  • Barnes H, Morris E, Austin J. Trans-inclusive genetic counseling services: Recommendations from members of the transgender and non-binary community. J Genet Couns. 2020 Jun;29(3):423-434. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1187. Epub 2019 Nov 11. PMID: 31710150; LINK to article

  • von Vaupel-Klein AM, Walsh RJ. Considerations in genetic counseling of transgender patients: Cultural competencies and altered disease risk profiles. J Genet Couns. 2021;30(1):98-109. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1372; LINK to article

  • Sheehan E, Bennett RL, Harris M, Chan-Smutko G. Assessing transgender and gender non-conforming pedigree nomenclature in current genetic counselors' practice: The case for geometric inclusivity. J Genet Couns. 2020 Dec;29(6):1114-1125. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1256. Epub 2020 Mar 30. PMID: 32232917; LINK to article

PAGC Membership

PAGC was formed to promote genetics education, foster professional development,  encourage communication and facilitate access to services in the state of Pennsylvania. Professional membership, participation in conferences and webinars, and volunteer support are crucial to our success!


Featured Genetic Counseling
Graduate Students

If you would like to be featured, please email for submission materials.

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