CAREER FAIRS FOR MEDICAL GENETICS

FACTS

  • 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!

Please contact CareerFairs@rarenewengland.org to obtain a simple registration form and specific location information.
THE EVENING AGENDA

Hear from three different geneticists about their professional opportunities and contributions!

  •   Clinical geneticist
  •   Biochemical (metabolic) geneticist
  •   Research/laboratory geneticist


*Learn the pathways available to get to a career in genetics!

*Find out what opportunities are available to students/interns/residents to learn how Genetics can be a good professional choice for you!

*Ask the guest presenters what you want and need to know!

Meet the Host and Speakers
Host,  Mark Korson, MD, is a Founding Board Member at RNE. Dr. Korson is a Clinical Biochemical Geneticist and Director of Physician Support and Director of Education at VMP Genetics. He is also co-founder and co-director of the North American Metabolic Academy (NAMA), sponsored by the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (SIMD).​

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 MD is 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.
Minseo Jeong 
Undergraduate Student 
Tufts University
Suraj Shah
Medical Student 
Tufts University School of Medicine
Listen to what some of the attendees said about their experiences after attending our previous career fairs!
Casie Genetti, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor and project manager in the Division of Genetics and Genomics and the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Casie manages several clinical research studies focused on rare and undiagnosed disorders, gene discovery, and the utilization of genomic sequencing. 
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!