- 69% indicated that they use genetic testing of the connexin 26 (Cx26) gene (GJB2) as an initial test in their workup of prelingual sensorineural hearing loss
- 71% reported that they provide genetic counseling for their patients and their families
- 45% answered questions regarding recurrence risks incorrectly or stated that they did not know the correct response
The Sherpa Says: This is precisely why we need genetic counselors and geneticists. 45% is not a small number, but I was surprised it wasn't 75%. At a minimum we need a good curriculum in medical school which teaches the principles in this ever changing field. Too bad you can't just pick up genetics on the job. Trust me, you can't. I warn you to run away from any physician who states that they have!