Step-by-step Guide

Becoming a Patient
at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine

To become a patient at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine, you need to get a consult requested by your physician, or you can contact us directly to begin the intake process. Before an initial appointment is set, we will gather information on your medical history over the phone, and that information will be reviewed by our clinical team. Once the information is reviewed, you will be contacted by our staff to set an appointment.

During your appointment, you will be seen by a clinical geneticist who will evaluate your symptoms and medical history. A blood sample may be taken during that appointment. That sample will be analyzed and interpreted, and the results will be sent back to your referring physician. You also will have a follow-up appointment with the team at The Smith Family Clinic. Contact us at The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine for more information today.

  1. INITIAL CONTACT – Potential patients can contact the clinic directly via phone by calling 256.327.9640 or emailing info@smithfamilyclinic.orgPlease see The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine Website Privacy Policies & Terms of Use
  2. PRIVACY  Please see the Notice of Privacy Practices or the Spanish version of the Spanish Notice of Privacy Practices.
  3. PATIENT ENROLLMENT  Potential patients will receive an electronic invitation to enroll in The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine’s Genome Gateway. The gateway can be accessed through the “patient login” button at the top of this page.
  4. RECORD REVIEW – Information and prior medical records will be reviewed by the clinic team prior to scheduling an appointment for a clinical evaluation.
  5. NOTIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT STATUS – Patients who are good candidates for evaluation and genome sequencing through The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine will be contacted to schedule an appointment.  If a clinic appointment is not determined to be the most appropriate next step in evaluation, a clinic staff member will contact the individual or individual’s physician and provide an explanation.
  6. CLINIC VISIT – A first appointment date is set by The Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine and patient. A typical visit to the clinic will include a review of medical, developmental, and family histories, physical examination, assessment by a medical geneticist and genomic counselor and discussion of testing options. If genome sequencing or other testing is recommended, blood samples may be drawn at the time of the visit. The patient will leave with a follow-up appointment and can access the Genome Gateway at any time in the process.

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