Jobs for Future Genetic Counselors

Hey blog friends! If you haven’t already noticed, these are strange times. Most of us are ordered to stay at home: some of us taking classes from home, some working from home, and some out of work completely. I know it’s a scary job market for The Class of 2020 to enter, as well as…

Baby DNA: Should We Pursue Whole-Exome Sequencing at Birth?

For the past five years or so, I’ve heard the following prediction echoed in classrooms, genetic counseling related social circles, and books I’ve read: “soon your baby’s genome will be sequenced and handed to you at birth!” I just ran into the sentiment while reading Genetic Twists of Fate by Stanley Fields, a nonfiction compilation…

Genetic Conditions and Fertility

The scene: Health class, Grade 8. Your biology teacher has just explained the mechanics of sexual intercourse, and now you’re about to find out the consequences if you do it. You can try to protect yourself, but contraception can fail. Have intercourse and surely sooner or later, you’re going to end up like this. It…

The Heart of Genetics

Hi blog dogs! Hope everyone is staying safe from the virus, and hopefully many of you, like me, are getting the added bonus of working from home. My favorite little heart failure dog is a huge fan. I just hope my patients don’t hear him coughing once an hour. They might get concerned. So having…

Reviving my (Com)Passion (also, virus genetics)

Well hi. It’s been a while. Let me explain. In June of last year, I moved down to Arizona and explored who I am outside of “future GC”. After not matching for the second time, I seriously considered not pursuing genetic counseling again. Whether or not I ever become a genetic counselor, I will always…

Who Wants Me to Counsel Them IRL?

Howdy bloggos! This is my last blog before I move to Arizona. It is also my 25th birthday. Gall I’m old. Part of the reason for the move is to get a chance at fresh experiences. There’s one type in particular that I really want to get– the ever-elusive face to face counseling experience. A…

Where the Heck Am I and Why Are There Teddy Bears?

Hi. You might be wonder what the heckin’ blog you’re reading. Welcome to Career of Compassion. It’s Journey to Genetic Counseling, but with a new twist. You see (and this is going to sound like me being an iNfLuEnCeR again, but) I never really expected J2GC to get this big. All throughout the 2019 GC…