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Fall Symposium

Our focus is building knowledge and skills as we incorporate clinical applications of genomic medicine. Genetic counselors, geneticists, university faculty, graduate students, residents and fellows, healthcare professionals with special interest are encouraged to attend. 

About the Symposium

The University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Fall Symposium is an annual event featuring presentations by genetics professionals from across the country.

The 2017 Fall Symposium featured:

  • Daniel Riconda, associate professor, program director genetic counseling program at the Baylor College of Medicine, presenting "The Clinical Impact of a Non-Invasive Prenatal Multi-Gene Sequencing Screen."
  • Dr. Amber L. Southwell, assistant professor, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Neuroscience, presenting "Precision Genetic Therapy for Huntington Disease" and "Cancer Genetic Counseling in the Shift From Prevention to Therapeutics."
  • Dr. Yvonne Bombard a genomics health services researcher and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, presenting "Genetic or Genomic Counseling? The Opportunities and Challenges of Empowering Patients in the Era of Genome Sequencing."
  • Christine Miller, a genetic consultant at ARUP Laboratories in molecular genetics, presenting "Impacting the Health System Through Genetic Test Utilization Management."
  • Donna M. McDonald-McGinn, director of a multidisciplinary care clinic, the 22q and You Center, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an international leader in conditions associated with copy number variants of chromosome 22q11.2, presenting "Event: 22q…. What’s It To You?"

Amelia Craver Lecture

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Amelia Craver, Genetic Counseling Class of 1988, the Genetic Counseling Program launched a special Challenge Grant Campaign in 2013. Amelia contributed $25,000 to match dollar-for-dollar donations received from alumni and friends of the Genetic Counseling Program and donations from local, statewide and national organizations. The 2013 Challenge Grant stimulated over $75,000 in contributions and created the official Genetic Counseling Endowment. 

As a tribute to her vision for the future, the program has created the Amelia Craver Special Lecture in Genetic Counseling. Each year, our students, faculty and friends of the program will benefit from a special speaker during the Fall Symposium to broaden our perspectives on genetic counseling. Thank you, Missy, for your investment in the education of genetic counselors!



We have applied to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) to offer 0.55 CEUs or 5.5 Category 1 contact hours for the event: USC Genetic Counseling Fall Symposium. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.