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Speaker Submissions

Call for Speakers

SCGC is inviting proposals for our 6th Annual Education Conference to be held at in Costa Mesa on Friday, May 19th, 2023. We are looking for engaging, innovative, and informative presentations for the SCGC membership and Southern California genetic counseling community. We especially welcome talks regarding advocacy and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Thank you for contributing to the excellence of this conference!

Deadlines and Important Dates:

  • Call for Speakers Open Now!

  • Submissions Window Closes: February 14th, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.

    • Please note that the committee will be giving priority to submissions received by February 1st, 2023. ​

  • Speakers will be notified of the planning committee’s decisions by February 28th, 2023.

Speaker Submission Guidelines

All proposals must contain:

  • Title

  • Background and Purpose: A brief description of the nature and goals of your session.

  • Learning Objectives: Must include at least 1 learning objective for every 30 minutes in your session, and potentially more if presentation includes multiple speakers. 

  • Proposed Session Format: Select which format below would be most effective for your session.

  • Although there is no specific free response to indicate why you believe this would be the most appropriate, feel free to elaborate in one of the free response answers.

  • Topic area: Select most appropriate topic area from options provided, or enter the correct area into the free response “other” category.

  • Proposed Speakers: Include the names and email addresses for the speakers involved in your session. Incomplete or “TBD” submissions will not be accepted. If a change in speaker is required after acceptance of your proposal, you are responsible for identifying and providing the name of the new speaker at that time, as well as current contact information and conflict of interest disclosures.

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure for All Proposed Speakers: All presentations must be educational in nature and not include any sales, product or marketing information. Branded slides will not be allowed, in accordance with NSGC standards. For further COI information, please see below.

  • Relevance: A brief description of why this topic is important for the SCGC membership and genetic counseling.

** Please note that you may submit more than one proposal, but this will require separate submissions forms for each proposal.

Suggested Topic Ideas

The below topics were suggested by the SCGC membership following last year’s SCGC Annual Education Conference. Current, engaging topics may include:

●      Polygenic risk scores

●      Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

●      Advocacy and policy-making 

●      Consumer-directed genetic testing

●      Cancer genetics – somatic tumor testing, hematologic malignancies, RNA testing

●      Billing and payer and reimbursement issues

●      Psychosocial counseling theory

●      ELSI issues

●      Genetic counseling outcome measures

●      Emerging technologies

●      Frontiers of prenatal testing (NIPT, WES/WGS)

●      Workforce issues, mentorship, and various roles of genetic counselors

●      Patient stories


Review of Presentation Materials and Conflict of Interest Policies

If your session is accepted, you will be sent a brief online speaker survey to confirm your presentation and speakers. In order to apply for Category 1 CEUs for this activity, NSGC requires that each speaker complete a conflict of interest disclosure, which will be included in the speaker survey sent by SCGC. You will also be required to provide presentation materials for the conference planning committee to review. Speakers will be asked to confirm that they will disclose any conflicts of interest at the beginning of their presentation both verbally and in writing and cite all sources. For additional details on NSGC’s conflict of interest policies, please see: https://www.nsgc.org/conflictofinterest

For any additional questions regarding submission guidelines, please contact the SCGC Conference Planning Committee at scgcprogramming@gmail.com.  

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