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Last night, department members and friends met to celebrate the first graduates of the Logan Health Advanced Practice Provider Genomics Fellowship and ushered in the new fellows of 2024 with a special pinning ceremony. Providers Julie Cook, Michelle Hellwig, Kandis Strickland, Brittany Coburn, Tessa Skotnicki, and honorary fellow Cambria Olt were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and new expertise in the realm of genomics.

New fellows Christina Richardson and Jennifer Quien were inducted into the program, receiving a commemorative pin, and providers Sarah Krol and Stephanie Williams will also be inducted as members of the 2024 cohort. These new members will go on to complete 13 weeks of the fundamentals of genomics course, followed by 13 additional weeks of clinical practice support, while attending various lecture presentations about genetic syndromes. During the program, fellows will also provide genetic and genomic care to a select patient population while receiving advanced practice genomics mentorship and clinical support.

The goal of the Logan Health Advanced Practice Provider Genomics Fellowship is to prepare advanced practice clinicians to become genomics clinical experts in primary care and specialty care settings. By integrating genetics and genomics services into all areas of healthcare practice, these providers will improve the community’s health outcomes. This new expertise will help them when they are recommending screenings for those who may be high-risk or who may have a genetic condition. It will also aid them as they work collaboratively with the genetics department to ensure that high-risk patients are offered appropriate surveillance. By helping patients detect possible genetic conditions, these providers are elevating local preventive care to a new level.

As these providers and fellows implement their new expertise, the Logan Health community will certainly be cheering them on. Congratulations to the graduates and 2024 fellows for your dedication to your patients, and to instructors Carrie Thompson, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, OCN, ACGN, and Tiana Pallister, MS, LCGC, who have taught and inspired these new genomics clinical experts in our community.