2021 Annual Spring PAGC Meeting

Preliminary Agenda for 2021 Conference

Thursday, April 22 (Conference begins at 12:00PM, Concludes at 4:00PM)

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

  • Metabolic Disorders – , MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Neuromuscular Genetics – Tanya M. Bardakjian, MS, LCGC,

  • Precision Medicine  – Natasha Berman, MS, MPH, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

  • Pharmacogenomics –  Sony Tuteja, PharmD, MS, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Session 2: Submitted Abstracts (more information to be posted soon)


Friday, April 23 (Conference begins at 8:30AM, Concludes at 3:15PM)

PAGC Business Meeting


Session 3: Professional and Leadership Development

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Genetic Counseling Practice – Colleen Muraresku, MS, LCGC and Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Update on the–

  • Committees to assist in professional evolution of GCs – The Genetic Counseling Professional Council at Geisinger as an example – Cassidi Kalejta, MS, CGC, Geisinger Precision Health Center


Session 4: Neonatal and Prenatal Genetic Counseling

  • Description of PA Dept of Health Newborn Screening and Follow-up program – Jordan Shover, Public Health Program Manager, PA Dept of Health Division of Newborn Screening and Genetics

  • Use of whole exome sequencing in in NICU/Prenatal setting – the clinic perspective – Natalie Burrill, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Use of Fetal Surgery in management of recognized birth defects – Julie Moldenhauer, MD, FACOG, FACMG, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Director, Obstetrical Services, Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center

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

  • Aishwarya Arjunan, MS, MPH, CGC, CPH, Past Co-Chair of NSGC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force NSGC, Clinical Product Manager, Carrier Screening Myriad Women’s Health

  • Erica Price, MS, CGC, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital

  • Jodie Vento, MGC, LCGC, Director, University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program, NSGC Board liaison to DEI advisory group