About the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine
Founded in 1991, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics advances the practice of medical genetics and genomics by providing education, resources and a voice for more than 1600 biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. ACMG’s activities include the development of laboratory and practice standards and guidelines, advocating for quality genetic services in healthcare and in public health, and promoting the development of methods to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disease. Genetics In Medicine, published monthly, is the official ACMG peer-reviewed journal. ACMG’s website (www.acmg.net) offers a variety of resources including Policy Statements, Practice Guidelines, Educational Resources, and a Find a Geneticist tool. The educational and public health programs of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics are dependent upon charitable gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals. The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a community of supporters and contributors who understand the importance of medical genetics and genomics and genetic counseling in healthcare. Established in 1992, the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine supports the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics’ mission to “translate genes into health” by raising funds to promote the profession of medical genetics and genomics to medical students, to support the development of practice guidelines for practicing physicians, to advance the awareness and understanding of medical genetics and genomics in the general public, and much more.
Professionals in medical and clinical genetics and genomics provide comprehensive
diagnostic, management and genetic counseling services for patients
with, or at risk for, genetically influenced health problems, with an
approach to patient care that it includes concern for the health of the
individual patient’s family members. Clinical genetics and genomics professionals
also plan and coordinate large scale screening programs for inborn
errors of metabolism, hemoglobinopathies, chromosome abnormalities,
neural tube defects and other genetically-influenced conditions. As the
genetic factors underlying many diseases become better understood,
professionals in this medical specialty are increasingly called upon to
educate their colleagues, and to manage complex patient care that cuts
across many different specialties.