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Newton Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions about genetic services at Atlantic Health System:
What happens during a genetic counseling appointment?
The team will review your medical history and family history. Depending on the reason for your visit, a thorough physical examination may be done. Finally, treatment or testing options will be discussed. You will work with the team to develop a plan of care as needed.
Can I bring someone with me?
You may bring family members or other supportive individuals.
Who would benefit from a genetics appointment?
How do I decide if I need to see the genetic counselor or the geneticist?
Genetic counselors are trained medical professionals with master’s degrees who help patients understand and cope with genetic conditions that affect their lives. A medical geneticist is a physician with specialized training in genetics. Individuals with an unknown diagnosis would benefit from seeing a medical geneticist. Patients who are pregnant and would like prenatal genetic counseling usually begin by seeing the prenatal genetic counselor and may be referred to the medical geneticist if indicated.
What do I need to do to prepare for the appointment?