Clinical Genetics deals with the diagnosis and management of inherited disorders and birth defects, with the estimation of genetic risks and with genetic counselling of family members. Genetic disorders can affect people of all ages and involve all body systems. Clinical genetic specialists work in multidisciplinary regional genetic centres with laboratory scientists, clinical co-workers and academic colleagues. The specialty is constantly changing and specialists must take account of new developments and alter clinical practice accordingly. Communication skills are particularly important in explaining complex concepts and genetic test results to families enabling them to make informed decisions. (RCPI – November 2013)

Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training, RCPI 

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