Nominate your genetic counselor for a chance to win a trip and be published.
They are specially trained professionals who help people cope with and understand genetic conditions. They serve as an information bridge — educating physicians, researchers, patients, and prospective parents about the role of genetics in inherited diseases. They are responsible for translating test results to people from diverse backgrounds, using scientific acumen and empathy to help people make informed decisions about their health.
Patients with certain genetic conditions and their families may face many daunting challenges when trying to uncover the underlying causes of their diseases. Sometimes, the search for genetic culprits is emotionally draining and fraught with clues that lead nowhere. Genetic counselors are on the frontline, standing alongside patients and their families as they try to make very difficult treatment decisions. They serve as translators, interpreting complicated medical information at critical moments in an understandable way.
Genome magazine and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) announce the Code Talker Award — an essay contest for patients and their families to pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him or her for an award to be presented at the NSGC's annual education conference.
Essay nominations from patients, caregivers and peers will detail the compassion, expertise, and helpfulness a genetic counselor had for a patient or his or her family.
After culling through hundreds of essays, Genome’s editorial team will choose three finalists. Finalists, the essayists, plus one guest each, will receive round-trip airfare and a two-night stay in Seattle, Washington, where they will be honored at a reception on September 29 during NSGC's conference. The essays will be read aloud, and one genetic counselor will be awarded a special prize in recognition of his or her service to patients.
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a book filled with up to 40 heart-felt essays and beautiful photography. This book will educate its reader by providing insights into what patients and their families value most in genetic counselors. Extra copies of the book will be provided for distribution to genetic counselors that were unable to attend the event. The book will serve as an enduring testament to the important role genetic counselors play in the quality of people’s lives.
Essay submissions should be made by one person nominating one genetic counselor. A current or former patient, a caregiver, or a peer can make nominations, but essays should focus on a special connection between a genetic counselor and a patient.