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Nursing and Genetic Counselor Concurrent Session: Donor Screening, Recruitment, and Retention. Are we all on the same page? and The Dynamics of Donor Genetic Screening and Evaluation, Gestational Carrier Screening and Legal Challenges

Date Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time 9:50am - 12:30pm
Location Crystal B-C

PCRS Nursing and Genetic Counseling Session – 2019

Donor Screening, Recruitment, and Retention. Are we all on the same page? Tamara Tobias, ARNP
Egg donation continues to evolve especially with the creation of egg banks and scientific advancements in vitrification and genetic testing. Donor screening and recruitment procedures also vary within the U.S. This course will examine the egg donor screening and recruitment processes. The impact of social media, sharing donor’s adult photos, and donor anonymity will also be explored. Lastly, measures to increase egg donor retention will be discussed.
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Recognize recruitment strategies for egg donors and identify areas for improvement
2. Identify how millennial patients view healthcare
3. Implement opportunities to enhance the donor’s experience

The Dynamics of Donor Genetic Screening and Evaluation. Amy Vance, MS, LCGC
Donor screening ideally involves both genetic testing (carrier screening) and formal family history evaluation by a genetic counselor. Genetic carrier screening is a challenging area for providers due to the number of labs, different tests offered, and lack of formal training in genetics. Assessment of the family history is the first step in identifying a possible genetic component to disease and is an equally important- but often overlooked -screening for donors.
Uncertainty about how to handle positive genetic test results in donors, what type of family history should exclude a donor, even how to interpret the ASRM gamete donor guidelines cause confusion in the IVF clinic. This program will delve more deeply into these areas and will include time for discussion of case examples and an open forum for questions and discussion.
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Recognize different genetic testing platforms and how they relate to the ACOG/ASRM guidelines for carrier screening.
2. Identify the importance of obtaining a thorough family history.
3. Implement a carrier screening program appropriate for your clinic and understand how the results are interpreted.

Gestational Carrier Screening and Legal Challenges. Presentation and Case Reports: Susan Crockin, JD
The coordination of gestational carrier cycles are indeed more complex and often present legal challenges for both the attorneys and care coordinators. Gestational Carrier screening guidelines exist, but what about the “gray” zones such as parental age, BMI, or psychosocial evaluation? This will be an interactive session with a short presentation and then open forum for case reports and discussion.
At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Recognize the importance of separate legal counsel for each party
2. Identify gestational carrier screening guidelines
3. Implement strategies to help care coordinators navigate the intricate complexities of gestational carrier cycles.

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