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American College of Medical Genetics to Add 'Genomics' to its Name

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The American College of Medical Genetics will change its name to the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, effective next year at the organization's annual clinical genetics meeting in March. It will maintain the same acronym, ACMG.

The name change "recognizes the increasingly central role of medical genomics and its importance alongside genetics in fulfilling the mission of the ACMG," according to a statement from the organization.

"Although the impact of genomics in medicine will take a long time to be fully realized, this is a once-in-a-lifetime sea change in medical practice," said Bruce Korf, ACMG's former president. "There has never been a more exciting time in the history of our discipline, and we need to communicate this to our patients and to future trainees."

ACMG was founded in 1991 to advance the practice of medical genetics through education, resources, and advocacy for more than 1,400 biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical, and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, and other healthcare professionals involved in the practice of medical genetics and genomics.