After graduating from the Genetic Counseling Program in 2009, I accepted a position with GeneDx, a company that specializes in genetic testing for hereditary conditions. I have found that I have been able to easily apply what I learned at school into the workplace. My work at GeneDx does not involve day-to-day contact with patients; however, I am in constant contact with other counselors and geneticists through out the day discussing testing options for various clinical cases. A significant portion of my job involves writing genetic test reports for various conditions. This helps me keep up-to-date with the scientific literature, making sure that clients are receiving the most current information, and provides me the opportunity to study a wide breadth of conditions.
A nice advantage of working in a lab setting is being able to more fully understand the testing process (the different techniques used, how tests are developed, etc.). This allows me to discuss the results of a test more easily and gives me a greater understanding of the limitations of testing as well. Other components of my job include creating educational materials for both counselors and patients, attending various conferences and seminars to both further my education and to discuss new testing options that we offer. Rarely is there a day where I don't learn something new and that is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I feel fortunate that my training at the University of Pittsburgh prepared me to enter such a challenging and dynamic position.