Complexities of Clinical Genetics ConsultationAuthor(s): Amelia Lee
Because most chromosomal and mendelian genetic disorders are uncommon, few physicians will come across them during their careers. However, it is predicted that almost one in every 300 live births in North America is affected by these rare Mendelian illnesses. Increased exposure to clinical genetics education alone is insufficient in light of the rapid pace of discovery without also emphasising the significance of collaboration with genetics professionals. For evaluation and assistance, generalists and nongenetics experts frequently collaborate with medical geneticists and genetic counsellors. The necessity for collaboration with genetics is growing as the field of genetics expands to include prevalent diseases with multifactorial inheritance. This opportunity to improve patient care may go unnoticed if clinicians are not exposed to clinical collaboration with genetics professionals during their clinical years.