Meeting Archives

2021 PAGC Meeting Summary

The 2021 5th Annual Spring PAGC meeting was held virtually on April 22-23. It was a robust agenda that included current topics in prenatal, neurogenetics, precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and cancer. Several genetic counseling students from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University Genetic Counseling Programs presented on their thesis projects. The second day wrapped up with a thought-provoking panel discussion on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) within genetic counseling. The PAGC and the NSGC continue to explore best practices for improvements in these areas.

A copy of the full agenda can be viewed here

2020 PAGC Meeting Summary 

The 2020 4th Annual Spring PAGC Meeting was held virtually in the form of an online course. This course encompassed pre-recorded sessions and accepted abstracts that were slated to be presented at the in-person meeting. Thank you to the PAGC Education Committee for all the time they dedicated to making this course a success!

Session 1: Genetic Counseling Specialties Review: Where are we in 2020
    Cardiac Genetics – Megan McMinn, Geisinger
    Pediatric Oncology – Elena Kessler, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Neurogenetics – Christine Munro, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Exome Sequencing in Prenatal/Neonatal Period – Erin Ryan, GeneDx, Inc.

Session 2: Submitted Abstracts Session

  •     Ancestry-Specific Hereditary Cancer Panel Yields: Moving Towards More Personalized RisK Assessment -   Erin Sutcliffe, GeneDx, Inc.

  •     The Art of Precision Medicine: Polygenic Risk Scores for Breast Cancer Risk: Present and

  •     Future Directions – Eric Rosenthal, Myriad Genetics, Inc.

  •     2019-2023 PA Cancer Control Plan: Adding Cancer Genetics/Genomics Goals – Andrea Durst, University of Pittsburgh

  •     The Majority of Non-Breast and Ovarian Tumors in Germline BRCA1/2 Carriers Do Not Have Biallelic BRCA Loss – Dylane Wineland, Arcadia University

  •     Pregnancy, Genetic Counseling and Cystic Fibrosis: Exploring the Experiences and Discussions Between Females with CF and Their Health Care Providers – Morgan McManus, Arcadia University

  •     Sharing Patient-Derived Genetic and Phenotypic Data Benefits Patients and the Genomics Community – Juliann Savatt, Geisinger

  •     Quantifying the Clinical Utility of Genetic Diagnosis Among Inherited Retinal Dystrophy Patients in a Large Academic Center – Hannah Scanga, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

  •     Assessing Patient Attitudes Toward Pharmacogenetic Testing – Grace Lee, Arcadia University


Session 3: Professional Development and Leadership

  •     Building Bridges: New Service Delivery Models to Improve Access to GCs – Jodie Vento, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

  •     Working Remotely: How to Be Successful – Lauren Yackowski, GeneDx, Inc.

  •     Benefits of a Disease Registry – Darcy Thull, University of Pittsburgh

  •     Show Me the Money: Grant Writing – Lauren Morgenroth, TRiNDS

  •     An Introduction to the University of Pittsburgh GC Training Program – Andrea Durst, University of Pittsburgh    

2019 PAGC Meeting Summary 

The 2019 3rd Annual Spring PAGC Meeting was a great success!  We would like to thank the members of the Education Committee for all their efforts. 

  • Natalie Carter

  • Dana Farengo Clark

  • Emily James

  • Margaret Harr

  • Meagan Smith

  • Donna McDonald-McGinn

  • Tara Schmidlen

  • Wendy Glatfelter

  • Becky Milewski

  • Megan Marshall

We had 110 total attendees.  Of those, 53 are PAGC members, 20 were students and 11 were sponsors

2018 PAGC Meeting Summary 

The PAGC Annual Spring Meeting was held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This meeting followed the Philadelphia Genetics Meeting the evening of May 3rd, 2018. 

This event was submitted to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for approval of Category 1 CEUs. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification. 


 If you are applying for CEUs, there is a $25 fee that will be collected either the day of the conference by check or online.

2018 Topics and Speakers 

The slides that are available are linked to the title of the presentations below. Please click on the title to download the PDF.

Collaborative Development of Chatbots as an Innovative Tool in the Delivery of Scalable Genomic Counseling
Tara Schmidlen, MS, LCGC, Geisinger Health System

Collaborating with Laboratories for Genetic Counseling Student Education: It’s a Good Thing
Corrine Fillman, MS, LCGC, Bioreference Laboratories/GeneDx
Kathleen Valverde, MS, CGC, Arcadia University

NYMAC Regional Genetics Network Project Overview 2017-­2020
Andrea Durst, MS, DrPH, LCGC, University of Pittsburgh

An Introduction to the Master of Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling at Jefferson
Rachael Brandt, PhD, MS, LCGC, Thomas Jefferson University
Zohra Ali-­Khan Catts, MS, CGC, Thomas Jefferson University

Investigating Billing and Reimbursement Practices of Pennsylvania Genetic Counselors
Nicholas Jensen, BS, Arcadia University

Attitudes and Beliefs of the Amish and Mennonite Communities Towards Medical Photography in the Context of Facial Dysmorphology Novel Analysis
Jillian Lineburg, BS, Arcadia University

Counseling on the Unconfirmed: Prenatal Sonographic Findings and Genetic Testing in a Cohort of Patients with Suspected Noonan Syndrome
Samantha Krahling, BS, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Assessing Fertility Concerns and Reproductive Health Knowledge in Adult Males with Cystic Fibrosis
Eileen Barr, BS, Arcadia University

GeneMatcher: A Collaborative Approach to Candidate Gene Identification
Megan Cho, MS, CGC, GeneDx
Elizabeth McCormick, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Successful Partnerships with Families to Drive Diagnosis, Research, and Clinical Care Forward
Colleen Muraresku, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Looking Deeper: Experiences of a Newly Founded Differences of Sexual Development and Endogenetics Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jacqueline Leonard, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Developing a Hospital Wide, Same-­Day Genetic Counseling Clinic with Integrated Utilization Management
Andrew McCarty, MS, LCGC, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

2017 PAGC Meeting Summary 

The Pennsylvania Association of Genetic Counselors held it's first Annual Spring Education Conference on Monday, April 24, 2017  In the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.

​We are thrilled to have had over 70 genetic counselors in attendance from across Pennsylvania. A list of the topics and speakers are below. Most of the slide decks will be posted in our Member Center.

Topics & Speakers:

  • Precision Medicine's Promise(s) and Problems: Ethics and Public Perception

​           Lisa Parker, PhD

  • Utilizing ClinGen Resources in Your Practice

​           ​ Erin Rooney-Riggs, MS, CGC

  • Section of Genetic Counseling at CHOP: Organizing for Advocacy and    Professional Development

           Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC & Margaret Harr, MS, LCGC

  • The Fall of Pompe: the NBS experience in the Plain community

           Karlla W. Brigatti, MS, LCGC 

  • Psychosocial Issues in a Case of Consanguinity

           Laura Jenkins, MS, LCGC

  •  Hemophilia: A Fresh Look at an Old Diagnosis

            Michelle Alabek, MS, LCGC

  • ​It’s Not You, It’s Your Tumor:  Navigating the journey from somatic tumor testing to the genetics clinic

           Dana Farengo Clark, MS, MS, LCGC 

  • Challenges of tp53 Somatic Mosaicism in the World of Cancer Genetics

           Mia Salimbene, MS, CGC

  • Prognostic Dilemmas and Genetic Counseling for Prenatally-Detected Fragile X Expansions

           Brenda Finucane, MS, LCGC

Sponsors:

  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Center for Rare Disease Therapy

  • University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program