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what are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

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Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
None: A genetic counselor should provide you with non-judgmental advice pertaining to genetic risks. They are educators foremost and as the saying goes, knowledge is power.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Am I allowed to take home the genetic pedigrees I get from the counselors?

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Dr. Ira Salafsky
Clinical Genetics 56 years experience
Yes: You should review it and if you are willing share it with other family members and get their imput to extend the pedigree.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How does consult with genetic counselor differ from one with geneticist?

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Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic counseling". You may get there directly by going to: www, genome.Gov/19016905.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is a genetic counselor? Is that a doctor?

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Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic counseling". You may get there directly by going to: www, genome.Gov/19016905.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is involved in becoming a genetic counselor?

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Dr. Paul Aitchison
Radiology 26 years experience
2 years: Most gc programs are pretty difficult to get in to because they are small. You will actually take medical school classes like physiology but also intensive genetics courses. You will train with other gcs during internships. It is a rewarding occupation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How would find a genetics counselor?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Pre-or postnatal?: Prenatal genetic counselors are usually housed with perinatologists, OB specialists. Geneticists are usually faculty in pediatrics departments of medical schools. Try http://www.Geneclinics.Org or http://www.Nsgc.Org.

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