Graduate Shadowing Experience

Graduate Shadowing Experience - parents cope and make...

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Ways of Knowing Biology Graduate Shadowing Expericnce After visiting Emily Windsor, I learned a lot about a career in genetic counseling. This area of study is relatively new, having only started in 1980. Genetic counseling is based off of three basic principles: to educate, to help families understand and adapt, and to advocate. In order to become a genetic counselor a person must obtain a two-year Master’s degree in medical genetics. During the first year of the program students rotate through four clinics: biochemical disorders, general, bone dysplasia, and lab. In the second year of the program students rotate through another four clinics: general, cancer, prenatal, and specialties. There are three areas of genetics that a person can specialize in: prenatal genetics, general genetics, and cancer genetics. In the prenatal specialty, a genetic counselor helps
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Unformatted text preview: parents cope and make informed decisions when they learn that their baby will be born with a genetic defect. In general genetics, counselors interact with both pediatrics and adults who are born and/or discover they have a genetic defect. And in the final area of genetics, cancer genetics, counselors help patients with inheritable cancers, such as breast cancer and colon cancer. Anyone has the possibility of interacting with a genetic counselor. Many defects are only discovered late into adulthood, so I could even meet with one later in life. Due to my shadowing experience, I will know exactly what to expect when meeting with a counselor, and therefore be more comfortable throughout the whole situation. And who knows, maybe I will choose to become a genetic counselor myself....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course BIO 150 taught by Professor Grinblat during the Spring '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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