This year is also a time of transition for the program. I will be stepping down as Program Director at the end of this academic year and turning over the reins to the very capable hands of Gretchen Schneider. Gretchen has been with the Brandeis Program from the very beginning. She started as a Clinical Supervisor for students doing their pediatric internships at Childrens Hospital in 1993, added on the role of Co-Instructor for our Clinical Genetics class in 2001, and 8 years ago she joined me as Co-Director where she continues to teach and coordinate our students’ clinical internships. I have every confidence that Gretchen, along with Gayun and all of the other faculty who work at Brandeis, will continue our tradition of excellence and disability focus.
Since our first class completed their training in 1994, the Brandeis Genetic Counseling Program has graduated more than 200 genetic counselors. Many of our alumni hold leadership positions in the field or are active in pushing the boundaries of the profession into new and exciting non-clinical areas. Others work directly with patients and their families or coordinate clinical genetics research. Despite the changes in the field, our core priorities remain unchanged: providing students with a first class education in both the classroom and the clinic; empowering students with the clinical and research skills that will allow them to grow and adapt along with the demands of the profession; and increasing students’ exposure, comfort level and sensitivity to children and adults with disabilities.
We encourage you to look through our website, learn about our curriculum, read about our faculty and gain insight into our alums’ interests by leafing through the list of their thesis research.
Our students represent a diverse group and we strongly encourage applicants from all walks of life: those who might be making a career change; those who want to re-enter the workforce in a new field; those who have always wanted to be a genetic counselor; or simply those who have just discovered the field and feel it’s the right career for them. We hope to hear from you and welcome any questions you might have.