Genetic Counseling Program News

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The H.D. Cameron Prize for Excellence in Honors Teaching was awarded to Mackenzie Mosera!  Named after Professor Emeritus of Classics, Don Cameron, Mackenzie was selected for her "stellar course evaluations" which reflect instructor and student feedback that she is "compassionate, knowledgeable, and highly professional."  Congratulations Mackenzie!

Congratulations to Kestutis Micke for being awarded research funding from the NSGC Prenatal Special Interest Group (SIG) grant. His project is entitlend "Improving mental health outcomes in families whose newborn has a congenital heart defect:  Using text messaging as an intervention."

Congratulations to Natalie Waligorski for being selected as the 2017 James V. Neel Genetic Counseling Fellowship recipient! 

Congratulations to Mackenzie Mosera for winning a Michigan Association for Genetic Counselors Graduate Student Research Award!

 Congratulations to Lauren Seemann for winning the Rackham Non-Traditional Student Fellowship!



The future of healthcare is personalized, and genetic counselors are at the forefront of this evolution. Genetic Counselors are partners in health care and
essential contributors to the Michigan Difference. Over the last decade, the number of genetic counselors employed within Michigan Medicine has more than
doubled to greater than 20 providers. You can find them working with patients across the lifespan in varied clinical settings.


Genetic counselors have specialized education in both genetics and counseling. They provide clinical genetics expertise to patients and their families, our health
care team colleagues and the general public. Genetic counselors facilitate the translation of complex genetic and genomic information to allow for informed patient
decisions, improved health outcomes, the responsible use of technological advances, and improved patient adaptation to disease.

Genetic Counseling is a rapidly growing profession. Genetic Counseling was named one of the “25 Amazing Healthcare Support Jobs” and one of the “100 Best Jobs” in
2017 by U.S. News and World Report. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment opportunities for genetic counselors will increase by 29 percent
from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As we look to the future of the profession, the University of Michigan is home to one of the most well established training programs in the country. The Michigan Genetic
Counseling Graduate Training Program is committed to training a cadre of exceptional medical genetics experts to not only meet workforce demands, but to also shape
the future of genetic counseling and genomic medicine.



In honor of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, we celebrate the University of Michigan Genetic Counselors for all they do.

Learn more about the profession that helps individualize patient care at




2017 Recipient of the Genetic Counseling Program Diane Baker Alumni Award: Janice Bach

(L to R): Monica Marvin (GCP Associate Director), Janice Bach (Alumnus & Award Recipient), Diane Baker (GCP Founding Member & Former Director), Wendy Uhlmann (Clinical Faculty), Beverly Yashar (GCP Director)



Alumna Amy Curry Sturm elected as 2019 President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors!


Genetic Counseling Program-JEMF Student Research Awards!

The Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF) Advisory Group received 37 student research proposals this year, and ten were selected for funding. Four of these awardees are from the UM Genetic Counseling Program! In addition, Carol Ko (Class of 2016) won the JEMF Best Manuscript Award. Congratulations!!

Kestutis Micke 

"Text Messaging as an Intervention: Improving Mental Health Outcomes in Parents with a Newborn that has a Congenital Heart Defect "

Lauren Turner

"An Evaluation of Patient Decision Making and Needs Following a Positive NIPT Result" 

Natalie Waligorski

"Accessibility of Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services Among Incarcerated Women" 


Stephanie Wiryaman

"Assessing Family-based Perceptions of the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Nomenclature" 


Carol Ko (Class of 2016)

"Genetic Testing Impacts the Utility of Prospective Familial Screening in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Through Identification of a Non-familial Subgroup"