We have had quite a bit of new interest in our network in the past few weeks, and we are doing our best to keep up with getting our new members connected in our discussion groups. Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience!
First established in November 2018, the MGPN was created by the Western States Regional Genetics Network to address the limited racial and ethnic diversity among medical genetic professionals. Few high school and undergraduate students are aware of opportunities in these professions, and that is even more true among students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds. This lack of diversity impacts patient access in North American minority communities, with less availability of genetic services, less awareness of these services, and few providers from these communities who patients feel comfortable with. The MGPN will serve as an organized way for genetic professionals of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds to connect with one another to address these issues together.
For Students and Trainees:
To create a place for racial and ethnic minority medical genetic professionals and those training to enter such professions to connect with one another for the purposes of mutual support and community outreach. Medical genetic professionals include medical geneticists, genetic counselors, genetics nurses, and physician assistants in genetics.
Minority genetic professionals and genetic professionals in training have peers to reach out to in order to feel supported in their places of work and education.
Minority genetic professionals and genetic professionals in training
have opportunities to collaborate and increase awareness in their communities about:
- Career opportunities in medical genetic services
- The importance of medical genetic services for individuals and families
An increased number of minority students choose to enter careers in medical genetics.
Patients from minority communities feel more comfortable seeking out genetic services.