Carrear Journal: Geneticist
Education and Training:
All potential geneticists must be licensed doctors. In order to become licensed, applicants must finish four years of undergrad school. They much also complete 3-4 years of med school.
Students conduct research in the area of medical genetics. Applicants devote most of their time to designing, administering and analyzing clinical test trials. Applicants also have the chance to participate in rounds, attend conferences, network within professional organizations. They take coursework in Biochemical genetics and Molecular genetics. This coursework covers but isn't limited to covering; Mowat Wilson syndrome, Turner’s syndrome, Molecular pattern recognition and brain cancer, Sirtunis and metabolism. After medical school, applicants typically complete a residency at a hospital. Depending on where, the program can last 2-6 years. The last step before the applicant becomes an official Geneticist is to pass the United Stated Medical Licensing
Exam. Some programs rather their applicants to have completed their residency in obstetrics and gynecology, while others prefer pediatrics and internal medicine. The programs help applicants to prepare for becoming certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics. The applicants must have a certain amount of knowledge and proficiency in a clinical environment. Board certification isn't necessary, but highly desirable.
Responsibilities and Daily activities
Clinical geneticists who diagnose and treat patients with inherited or genetic health issues. Daily, they set up screenings for newborn babies with abnormalities, prescribe therapy and interact with genetic counselors. Often times they will evaluate patients at risk for inherited diseases, like
Alzheimer's, and treat inherited disorders such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell disease. They also treat different forms of cancer and other abnormal conditions associated with genetics. They usually begin a case by analyzing the medical history of their patient and the family of the patient. They then take some DNA from the patient using a system called gel electrophoresis or using other DNA analyzing systems. Sometimes, they eve supervise laboratory technicians who are conducting tests and help manage all the documentation. They are required to stand a lot and…