Getting Better Mileage: Our journey to Creating a Genetic Counseling Assistant (GCA) Program

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Getting Better Mileage: Our journey to Creating a Genetic Counseling Assistant (GCA) Program
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)


Cost:  $195 

Description of Program Content:
There are not enough genetic counselors (GCs) to fill open positions, graduate school spots are limited, and the demand is outweighing supply. By creating a GCA program, our team was able to re-assign tasks and offload mundane duties to our GCA team (who considers the experience a treasure). Ultimately we have improved the scope of what GCs can bring to the company and prepare aspiring genetic counselors for graduate school.   Presenter will include PreventionGenetics’ experiences, lessons learned & details about their GCA program.

Measurable Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity the participant will be able to:
 
  • Address importance of continuing to expand the role and value of genetic counselors despite shortage in workforce.
  • Demonstrate one group’s creative approach to solving workforce issues.
Presenter:

Christina Zaleski, MS, CGC

Christina Zaleski earned a Master of Science degree in human genetics/genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 1999.  After graduation, she continued the research work that she started as a student for Rockefeller University on mental illness in South Africa. She then returned to her home town of Marshfield, Wisconsin and worked at the Marshfield Clinic as lead genetic counselor from 1999-2012. Christina is currently Director of Genetic Counseling & Client Services at PreventionGenetics.  Christina has experience in many areas including prenatal, pediatric, cancer, specialty clinics, stillbirth evaluations, research, administration, public health education, laboratory and industry.  She developed clinical genetics outreach & telehealth genetic counseling services in several locations throughout North Central Wisconsin.  She has served on St. Joseph Hospital’s Bioethics team as well as co-investigator on several research project.  Christina has published scientific articles in the areas of clinical genetics, stillbirth evaluations, cystic fibrosis newborn screening, laboratory utilization management, and genetic workflow.  Highlights of her career include receiving 2007 Leadership Award for Excellence in Community Service from the March of Dimes, Wisconsin Chapter, and being nominated by peers as a JEMF Master Genetic Counselor in 2010.

















 

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