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2021 Annual Spring PAGC Meeting


Agenda for 2021 Conference




Thursday, April 22nd

12:00-12:10       Presidential Welcome


12:10-12:15       Housekeeping Notes


Session 1: Genetic Counseling Specialties Review: Where are we in 2021?


Neuromuscular Genetics

Tanya Bardakjian, MS, LCGC

University of Pennsylvania


Metabolic Disorders

Nicole Engelhardt, MS, LCGC

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Precision Medicine

Natasha Berman, MS, MPH, LCGC

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh



Sony Tuteja, PharmD, MS

 University of Pennsylvania


1:40-1:50 Break


Session 2: Submitted Abstracts Session

1:50 – 2:05

Prenatal Genetic Counselors' Response to Recommendations on Fetal Exome Sequencing by the   ACMG

Brooke Meader

Thomas Jefferson University


2:05 – 2:20

Experiences of Genetic Testing among Individuals with Retinitis Pigmentosa

Emily Krauss

Thomas Jefferson University


2:20 – 2:35

Exploring the impact of genetic testing for non-syndromic hearing loss on parental attitudes and beliefs

Jamie Atondo

University of Pennsylvania


2:35 – 2:50

Drivers of Quality-of-Life in Individuals with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies

Stacey Cohen

University of Pennsylvania


2:50 – 3:05

Uptake and outcomes of small intestinal and urinary tract cancer surveillance in Lynch syndrome

Jeshua DeJesse

University of Pennsylvania


3:05 – 3:20

Investigation of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Patients with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

Jacqueline Cappadocia

University of Pennsylvania


3:20 – 3:35

Next-Generation Sequencing Panels for Hereditary Hearing Loss Testing With Approaches for Difficult-to-Sequence Regions

Kimberly Gall, MSc, CGC

Blueprint Genetics


3:35 – 3:50

Characterizing Genetic Counseling Clinical Supervision during the COVID-19 pandemic

Michaela Mundt

University of Pennsylvania

*Selected for Best Student Abstract Award


3:50 – 4:05

Diagnostic utility of next-generation sequencing panel tests in the diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias

Alicia Scocchia, MS, LCGC

Blueprint Genetics

*Selected for Best Member Abstract Award


Friday, April 23rd

8:30 – 9:00        PAGC Business Meeting


9:00 – 9:10        Housekeeping notes


Session 3: Professional and Leadership Development

9:10 – 10:10

Impact of COVID-19 on Genetic Counseling Practice

Colleen Muraresku, MS, LCGC and Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LC

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


10:10 – 10:40

Update on the Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition Cancer Genetics and Genomics Work Group

Julia Verbiar, MS, LCGC

UPMC Pinnacle


10:40 – 11:10

Committees to assist in professional evolution of GCs – The Genetic Counseling Professional Council at Geisinger as an example  

Cassidi Kalejta, MS, CGC

Geisinger Health System


11:10 – 11:25    Beverly Tenenholz Memorial Scholarship Introduction


11:25 – 12:00    Break


Session 4: Neonatal and Prenatal Genetic Counseling

12:00 – 12:30   

Description of PA Dept of Health Newborn Screening and Follow-up program

Jordan Shover

PA Dept of Health Division of Newborn Screening and Genetics

12:30 – 1:00     

Use of whole exome sequencing in in NICU/Prenatal setting – the clinic perspective

Natalie Burrill, MS, LCGC

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


1:00 – 1:45       

Use of Fetal Surgery in management of recognized birth defects

Julie Moldenhauer, MD, FACOG, FACMG

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


1:45 – 2:00 Break


Session 5: Professional Issues Panel: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) within Genetic Counseling – beginning the conversation within PAGC

2:00 – 3:30


Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CGC, CPH

Myriad Women’s Health


Erica Price, MS, CGC

Inova Fairfax Hospital


Jodie Vento, MGC, LCGC

University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program


3:30 – 3:40        Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

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