Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten to “know” the incredibly vibrant and active online genetics blogging community. These bloggers (made up of researchers, medical students, geneticists etc) are not only a great resource for up-to-date information, but also provide unique perspective on the implications of scientific advances on health care providers, patients and society.
The idea behind The DNA Exchange is to allow GCs to be more proactive, rather than reactive, with respect to public discourse on the web. The hope is that this centralized forum will encourage GCs to get involved and share their individual point of view.
In one of our profession’s most prominent teaching texts, the authors write:
Being a member of a relatively small profession that deals with issues at the cutting edge of science, medicine and ethics requires a commitment to continued growth and to the assumption of responsibility for helping other health professionals, policy makers, and clients understand genetics and its implications.
– A Guide to Genetic Counseling (1998), Chapter 1, p. 18
The web provides us with an excellent opportunity to grow and contribute to a broader discussion. And I’d argue that we have as much to learn from other professionals and stakeholders as they do from us. Let the sharing begin.