Title and Company: Prenatal Genetic Counselor at Fetal Diagnostic and Treatment Center, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems
Hometown: Osage, IA
Major and Graduation Date:
Genetics, May 2007
Major Job/Position Responsibilities
I see patients in our high-risk obstetrics clinic daily. With each patient, I review risk factors (age, family history, abnormal blood test result, ultrasound findings), implications of those risks, and various testing options. Together with the patient we discuss the benefits, risks and limitations of available options and determine the best way to proceed. I serve as a contact for patients as well as healthcare providers for questions regarding risks and testing, and provide resources including support groups and referrals to other specialties as appropriate. I also work with students from the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program as they complete clinical rotations at our site and help lead a Reproductive Genetics course for the program.
What you like most about your job/position?
The genetics field is constantly evolving and it is a continuous challenge to stay up to date on the newest advances and applications. I enjoy being able to use my knowledge of genetics to explain complex information in a way patients can understand and help them use that information to make important decisions.
What advice would you give to current students pursuing a career in Agriculture and Life Sciences?
Take advantage of every opportunity possible! Join a club, do an internship, take an extra elective course, attend guest lectures. Seek advice and guidance from professors and people in your field of interest. You will never have as many easily accessible resources or diverse opportunities as you have in college. The work you put in now will help you be prepared for the world after graduation.
Favorite ISU class?
Biol 315 – Biological Evolution