How did you learn about GC? I attended an information session by an SLC student in my first year of undergrad (small world!)
Undergraduate experience? Biology major, Psychology minor
Shadowing experience? I worked for 8 months at a cancer genetic counseling clinic and was able to experience the world of breast cancer genetics, while also observing sessions with some of the counselors.
Advocacy experience? Planned Parenthood Counseling Volunteer, Social Recreation Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Biology Tutor
What's a GC?
Genetic counselors are health care professionals with specialized graduate training in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Genetic counselors usually work as members of a healthcare team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions.
GC Student Profile: Michelle Ning
How did you learn about GC? Through meeting with a family friend who's a practicing GC (who was a grad of SLC)
Undergraduate experience? Major in cell biology and genetics, minor in commerce
Shadowing experience? None - shadowing wasn't possible where I lived so I gained experience by interviewing GCs and doing research for the medical genetics department instead!
Advocacy experience? Options for Sexual Health, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Peer counselor
What is Genetic Counseling?
Check out this quick and simple intro to genetic counseling here!
How did you learn about GC? From my work back home in "Qatar" because SLC has an excellent international reputation
Undergraduate Experience? BSc in Cancer Biology and Immunology, Bristol university, UK and MSc in Cancer Therapeutics, Queen Mary university of London, UK
Shadowing Experience? One year shadowing experience in the genetics department in Qatar and rotated in Pediatrics, Prenatal, Premarital and Cancer clinics and the Cytogenetics lab
Advocacy Experience? I participated in an advocacy and awareness program about breast cancer screening and also participated in implementing educational materials about Down syndrome
Where do GCs work?
Most genetic counselors work in a clinic or hospital setting and specialize in general genetics, prenatal care and family planning, pediatrics, oncology, cardiology, neurology, and many other areas of specialized medical care.
Not all genetic counselors work directly with patients. Some genetic counselors work in related areas such as laboratories, research, education, public health settings, and corporate environments.
GC Student Profile: Suvina To
How did you learn about GC? My boyfriend was in medical school and some genetic counselors came to teach his class. He told me about them, saying, "They all reminded me of you!"
Undergraduate experience? Integrated sciences major with concentrations in biopsychology and health care.
Shadowing experience? The Translational Psychiatric Genetics Group in Vancouver, BC.
Advocacy experience? Intake Counselor and Substance Abuse Specialist, Patient Transfer Coordinator, YWCA high school mentor, overseas volunteering leader