Join us in Congratulating Whitney Dodge, MS CGC
Program/Graduation Year: Brandeis University/2011
Describe your current role: I am a laboratory neurogenetic counselor specializing in neurology, endocrinology and nephrology. I currently support clinical providers and staff in the areas of case management, test ordering, variant interpretation and family study coordination. I also provide support for report writing, test development and implementation of new processes and computer systems.
What is your teaching philosophy? Teaching genetic counseling students is an investment in the future of the genetic counseling field. I try to identify every learning opportunity for my students so they not only gain new knowledge, but also a new perspective. This helps create well-rounded, open-minded individuals for when they walk across the graduation stage and join our genetic counseling community.
What do you enjoy most about the supervision experience? I love being able to show students the different roles/specialties and opportunities available for individuals with genetic counseling degrees. I am fortunate to work with an amazing team of genetic counselors from many different backgrounds and specialties who have helped me create a unique, inspiring rotation for students to see the everexpanding opportunities available to our community. I feel that genetic counselors are just starting to scratch the surface of where our careers can take us and I love being able to expose students to this mindset and encourage them to pave their own way by incorporating their own interests into their career.
Message from the Director
Thank you for visiting the Brandeis Genetic Counseling Program’s website.
The past year has been one of many firsts: my inaugural year as Program Director and Lauren Lichten’s as Associate Director; the renaming of our yearly wintersession to honor the Program’s founding Director Judith Tsipis and her son Andreas; the creation of a course on the application of laboratory testing in clinical practice; the introduction of shorter internships that include a lab rotation during the second year; an unprecedented number of students doing their first internships abroad; and the initiation of a universal match system for admissions to all genetic counseling programs. Our Program’s many successes this year are a testament to the faculty and leadership team’s hard work and commitment our students.
The genetic counseling profession is expanding at lightning speed and, as a result, there are not enough genetic counselors to fill the number of positions available. With analysts like Careercast.com ranking genetic counselor as the #1 job for 2018, the interest in the profession will likely continue to grow. This rising need for trained genetic counselors has also resulted in a tremendous increase in the number of Master’s programs, with 44 participating in the 2018 Admissions Match and the promise of additional Programs accepting students in the next cycle. This translates to more available training slots and more choices for applicants interested in becoming genetic counselors.
What makes the Brandeis Program stand out among the many places students can prepare to become a part of this amazing profession? Our Program has over 25 years of experience in training future genetic counselors and draws from the vast genetics resources in greater Boston as well as Worcester, Providence, southern New Hampshire and Maine. We offer a well-rounded curriculum that gives our students strong science and research backgrounds, excellent communication and counseling skills, and an appreciation of the perspectives of individuals and families who have personal experience with a disability or genetic condition. Finally, our faculty is committed to creating a strong sense of community and providing close mentoring to each of the 10 students in our first and second year classes. We work hard to make sure our students get the most out of their two years at Brandeis and provide them with the tools to be happy and successful in their future endeavors as genetic counselors.
We welcome your interest in our program and encourage you to look through our website, learn about our curriculum, and read about our faculty, students and alumni. We hope to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Director, Genetic Counseling Program