#73 Jenna Guiltinan on Laboratory Genetic Counseling

#73 Jenna Guiltinan on Laboratory Genetic Counseling

Jenna Guiltinan is a laboratory genetic counselor. She received her Master’s in Genetic Counseling from California State University Stanislaus in 2013. Jenna worked at Ambry Genetics as a reporting genetic counselor for over four years. However, she recently left her position at Ambry to pursue a new laboratory position. As a laboratory genetic counselor, she helps interpret and report genetic test results.

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In this episode we discuss a subfield of genetic counseling, working in the laboratory. Jenna shares how her position differs from a “traditional” genetic counselor who meets directly with patients. She also provides insight on why more genetic counselors are pursuing careers in the laboratory setting.

Jenna explains the types of tests run to identify genetic variants and what areas of healthcare utilizes these tests. The data produced from the tests needs to be interpreted, the genetic variants need to be classified. Jenna offers her insight on how much research is needed to support a classification and what a patient can do with this information. Variants of Unknown Significance (VUS) can pose a challenge when interpreting this data.

If you would like to hear/read more from Jenna, check out her Twitter and LinkedIn page. She also welcomes student contact and can be found on FindAGeneticCounselor.com along with many other genetic counselors for both students and patients.

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