To celebrate the first Genetic Counselor Awareness Day on November 9th, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) hosted a tweetchat, #IAmAGenticCounselor. Genetic counselors shared their inspiration to join the field, their respective roles and advice to prospective students. Check out some highlights below!
We also recapped NSGC's awareness day webinar presented by our CEO/President, Ellen Matloff.
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A1: I'm about to head to a tumor board at a local oncology clinic and I will be talking about genetic counseling as a cornerstone to all oncology practices. I will also be handing out the colorful brochures from the NSGC website.— Aisha Furqan (@furqanaisha) November 10, 2017
A5: GCs are key parts of the healthcare team in cardiology because GCs have the unique combination of genetics expertise, communication skills, and psychological counseling skills. We augment the care provided by cardiologists & nurses. #IAmAGeneticCounselor https://t.co/tH2dofCDQQ— Colleen Caleshu (@colleencaleshu) November 10, 2017
A5: genetics simultaneously is becoming more complex & more common in health care. We want to help physicians and patients make sense of all that, navigate the intricacies of testing and make decisions that will ultimately benefit the patient #IAmAGeneticCounselor— Amber Gamma (@ambergamma) November 10, 2017
A5: #geneticcounselors are specially trained to interpret family history and genetic test results. Other healthcare providers often don't have the time or training patients need. And other providers need their lab GCs to help them understand their results. #IamAGeneticCounselor— Carin E (@CarinEcgc) November 10, 2017
A6: Yes! This all the way. Hard time getting into school? Know that more training programs & slots are coming. If you are a good candidate & this feels like the right career path, stick with it, you'll get there. #IAmAGeneticCounselor https://t.co/mani8a5hXX— Colleen Caleshu (@colleencaleshu) November 10, 2017
A6: Ask us about our specialty & why we love what we do! Shadow or itnern with us! Check out https://t.co/0cwf67Xh8s & https://t.co/pk0TVNYYml Lots of options to make sure this is what you want to pursue before applying to grad school! #IAmAGeneticCounselor #GCchat #NSGCGenePool https://t.co/nWAepeeKBk— Rebekah Moore MS LGC (@GeneticsRebekah) November 10, 2017
Persevere! I️ can’t wait to work with more people dedicated to their goal of combining hard sciences and counseling skills to help others. It can be difficult, but the hard work is worth it. We need your unique contribution! #IamAGeneticCounselor https://t.co/4BoWfPfRF7— Rachel Webster (@racheldeyarmond) November 10, 2017
Thank you for an amazing inaugural Genetic Counselor Awareness Day! We had a blast interacting with everyone on Twitter today and loved seeing how you spread awareness within your communities. Until next year! #IAmAGeneticCounselor https://t.co/kwu8nBXb5A— Genetic Counselors (@GeneticCouns) November 10, 2017