October 31, 2019 at 10:51 am #320719
I think that I care a lot about people like you who inspire me to become better so that is why I am always sending positive wishes your way. Sorry for overwhelming you with positivity. I just finished a phone conversation with the cancer genetic counselor and they were very helpful about explaining the tasks of a genetic counselor. They said that taking some psychology classes can be helpful because genetic counselors often work with people to provide advice about their risks for cancers and it can be emotional for a patient so it is important to learn about the mental aspects of how people feel and think because it can help facilitate communication skills as a genetic counselor. I found this advice helpful because sometimes in my scientific research I have trouble communicating to people in a simple way my research data and if I can understand how people perceive things and how they might think it may help me better understand how to communicate with them. They said that it might be helpful to work with a professor and possibly help them teach a laboratory research class to build up my scientific communication skills. In addition, they said that genetic counselors work some parts doing lab research in a laboratory and some parts with a patient helping them improve their health so it is interactive. Instead of just doing laboratory research, a person gets to see how the laboratory research can help people and make a difference in lives which is what’s most exciting. I am hoping to work with cancer patients and they recommended that I take some classes in cancer Biology or cancer genetics to help me build my knowledge. Since genetic counselors also do genetic testing for cancer risk in patients, they also said taking a Bioinformatics class is helpful because I will learn about gene sequencing and how to look for mutations that lead to cancer. It sounds exciting, but there is a lot of knowledge and I think that meditation will help me develop clarity so that I don’t feel overwhelmed and feel like I have to do this all at once. The cancer genetic counselor said that medical geneticists help research treatments for diseases and work with medical doctors, but genetic counselors just provide advice and do genetic testing for disease assessment. So depending on whether I want to go for genetic counseling which is just providing advice for patients or if I want to be working on treatments for patients then I would have to go to medical school and work as a medical geneticists. There are many possibilities for genetic counseling and research out there and I learned a lot and continue to learn and it’s fascinating.October 31, 2019 at 11:02 am #320723
A lot of the professors that I have contacted say that there may be job-shadowing or research opportunities Fall 2020 semester. I am hoping to find a job-shadowing opportunity this semester because it is part of the career project for my career class. The information from the cancer genetic counselor made me really understand what it’s like to be a genetic counselor and what research that they do and that helped provide insight about the career path. They don’t offer job-shadowing opportunities for non-students because they work at Rutgers University Medical Cancer Center and the students there are their main priority to get research opportunities and currently the research opportunities are full. But I am hoping for the best and will continue connecting with others to see if there are job-shadowing opportunities or internships. If I cannot find any, then I will let the professor know and he can help provide a backup assignment or give advice.October 31, 2019 at 11:28 am #320727
Dear Janus, Earth Angel and Poet:
All in moderation, including blessings!
So interesting- medical geneticists are medical doctors, having to go through medical schools while genetic counselors don’t. Genetic counselors do lab work and educational/ counseling work, advising patients. Therefore, genetic counselors, like all kinds of counselors, need to take psychology so to learn how to best interact and communicate with people, specifically with people who are sick.(An Earth Angel sounds like just the right kind of person to interact with sick people who need a gentle, kind guidance).
Congratulations on your second successful phone interview!