Genetics impacts every aspect of modern medicine – the disease, how disease is passed on, how diseases interact, the therapies, how medications are metabolized, and on and on.
There is a workforce shortage of geneticists in the United States.
This shortage limits access by patients and families to a diagnosis, important information they need to make important life decisions, and when available, effective and often lifesaving therapies.
Reversing this trend is possible—but it will require a deliberate and focused effort to increase awareness of genetics as a career choice. Rare New England (RNE) is addressing this critical situation by launching a Genetics Health Professionals Career Fairs.
ANNOUNCING ONE APPROACH
Rare New England, committed to raising awareness about rare and genetic disease, is hosting two Career Fairs in the Boston area this winter/spring:
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Massachusetts General Hospital
6 pm – 8 pm
HOW TO REGISTER
ALL attendees must RSVP at least four (4) days before each event!
Amy Kritzer MD, a Clinical Biochemical Geneticist, is an attending in the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children’s Hospital.. She also serves as a Principal Investigator for several lysosomal storage disease registries, and as co-director of the BOLD lysosomal storage disease program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Angela E. Lin, MD is a Board-certified pediatrician and clinical geneticist. At Massachusetts General Hospital, she is a Staff Geneticist, and a Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Lin also works in birth defects surveillance at the MA Dept. of Public Health
Brian Skotko MDis a A Board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. In 2001 he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and, most recently, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters.
Jodi Hoffman MD is a Medical Geneticist at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Hoffman practices as a general medical geneticist and provides counseling and diagnosis regarding prenatal care, neonates, children and adults with genetic conditions. she developed special interests in Jewish genetic diseases, hereditary cancer syndromes, connective tissue disorders and the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Boston Medical Center
6 pm – 8 pm
Dinner will be served!
Our March 13th Career Fair was a success! Check out some of the photos from the event below.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Listen to what some of the attendees said about their experiences after attending our previous career fairs!
Kathleen B. Swenson, MS, MPH, CGC, is the Director of the Boston University Genetic Counseling Program and Assistant Professor in Medical Sciences and Education. Her contributions to the genetic counseling profession range from clinical care across multiple specialities (prenatal, pediatrics, neurology and cancer); advocacy work with the Children's Tumor Foundation and with the Dominican Women's Development Center; public health work with the New York State Department of Health; and most recently in an industry setting as a medical affairs genetic counselor at the former Counsyl, Inc. Kathleen is passionate about teaching, and her work with patients and their families over the years remains her inspiration.
Our Medical Genetics Career Fair on April 16th at Boston Medical Center went really great. It was so nice to see all the medical students who are interested in pursuing Genetics. Here are some pictures from the event!