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Medical Genetics Awareness Week – April 13-16, 2021

The goal of Medical Genetics Awareness Week, which coincides annually with the ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, is to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions that medical genetics healthcare professionals make in the diagnosis, management and prevention of genetic diseases, and the difference these professionals make in the lives of patients and families. The theme of Medical Genetics Awareness Week is “Celebrating the Contributions of the Entire Medical Genetics Team to Patient Care and Public Health.” During the event, ACMG honors the skills and commitment of all those on the healthcare team who translate genetic and genomic discoveries into better patient care, including medical geneticists, laboratory geneticists, genetic counselors, nurses and physician assistants.  Learn more about Medical Genetics Awareness Week, and about how to Be an Ambassador for Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Rare New England Career Fairs in Medical Genetics – April 22, 2021

Rare New England is hosting four online Genetics Career Fairs during 2021, two this spring and two in the fall.  The spring events will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 and Thursday, April 22, 2021.  For additional information email: RNEcareerfairs@rarenewengland.org

To register, click here.

The goal of these career fairs is to attract and inspire young professionals – medical students, pediatric and medicine interns and residents, undergraduate/graduate genetics students – to consider a career in genetics, a very promising and expanding area of medicine but one with a serious workforce shortage. This shortage is compromising the promising benefits that can come from all the research and clinical effort underway in this country and around the world.

Attendees of the career fairs will have an opportunity to hear from three different types of geneticists – a clinical (or general) geneticist, a biochemical (or metabolic) geneticist, and a research/laboratory/industry geneticist. Speakers typically describe “a day in the life of a geneticist.” They talk about interesting cases and share their passion for patient care and/or contributing to science and the development of new therapies.

FREE! Telegenetics Training Opportunity – May 5 or 6, 2021

The New England Regional Genetics Network is covering the cost for telegenetics training and genetic counselor CEUs for this course offered by the Western States Regional Genetics Network.

The course consists of ten self-paced 3-4 hour modules and a mandatory four hour live Zoom training on either Wednesday, May 5 or Thursday, May 6, 1:00-5:00 pm ET.

For more info, see the flyer below and contact:

NERGN Telegenetics Training Save-the-Date

SIMD NAMA North American Metabolic Academy (Sept/Oct, 2021) – Registration opens May 15, 2021

Society for Inherited Metabolic Disease North American Metabolic Academy (SIMD NAMA)

SIMD NAMA, originally scheduled to occur in October 2020, then rescheduled for May 2021, has been postponed until September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new conference dates are September 26-October 2, 2021.  Registration will re-open May 15, 2021

The Academy will provide a broad overview of inborn errors of metabolism focusing on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. A renowned faculty will guide you through seminars on disease recognition and diagnosis, workshops to integrate understanding of normal metabolism and pathophysiology, and case-based workshops on diagnosis and management.

SIMD NAMA is a sterling opportunity in medical education. To quote one participant, “I think it’s a really powerful endorsement for this field of medicine that its seasoned experts come here for a whole week to teach trainees. I am very impressed with this attitude of teaching and it makes me feel excited to be going into this field. This was a great learning experience.”

For more information and application click here.