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Albatross 12 Aug 2013 | 08:11 am

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns He went like on...

Work, Life & Flexibility in Genetic Counseling 6 Aug 2013 | 07:08 pm

Work/life balance is one of the perks of our profession. Right? I remember learning that great work/life balance was a benefit of the profession when considering genetic counseling as a career. I now...

Guest Post: NIPS Is Not Diagnostic – Convincing Our Patients And Convincing Ourselves 12 Jul 2013 | 10:27 am

By Katie Stoll, MS Katie Stoll is a genetic counselor in Washington State. She graduated from the Brandeis University training program in 2003 and since that time has held positions in the areas of p...

A Review Of “Anybody’s Miracle,” A Novel By Laura Hercher, Genetic Counselor 27 Jun 2013 | 09:49 pm

It’s not everyday that a genetic counselor publishes a novel. In fact, I think that has only happened on one day, with the recent publication of Anybody’s Miracle (Herring River Press) by our genetic ...

When Numbers Do Not Tell The Tale: A Tribute To My Friend 23 Jun 2013 | 06:25 am

Holly Osman 1959-2013 There is an emotional toughness one must have, working with cancer patients.  Oncologists tend to be pretty well-armored.  You don’t, for example, expect the head of Clinical Ge...

Star Power 17 Jun 2013 | 04:50 am

BRCA is a hot news item these days. The SCOTUS ruling on the Myriad patent. Angeline Jolie writing in the New York Times about her experience with BRCA testing. A movie about BRCA testing starring Hel...

Guest Post: An Education in ‘Re-identification’: Learning From the Personal Genome Project 7 Jun 2013 | 10:12 pm

By LEILA JAMAL, ScM Leila Jamal is a genetic counselor in pediatric neurology and a PhD student in Bioethics and Health Policy.  The views expressed here are hers and hers only. As many are now aware,...

Bye-Bye Bi-Polar: A New Nosology for Psychiatric Disease — What Does It Mean for Genetic Counseling? 9 May 2013 | 12:50 am

Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), roiled the world of psychiatry in a blog post (how very 21st Century of him!).  The post concerned the revised Diagnostic and Sta...

And Bob’s Your Uncle: A Guide To Defining Great Aunts, Great-Great Grandparents, First Cousins Once-Removed, and Other Kinfolk 17 Apr 2013 | 10:40 am

When genetic counselors attend family reunions, their unofficial job becomes Namer-of-Relationships. “Keith, you and I are first cousins once-removed. Viola is my great aunt. Margo, you are my mother’...

Customer Disservice? 10 Apr 2013 | 07:50 pm

“Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Vocabulary is ne...

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