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School of Health Professions

Genetic Counseling Program Student Life


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Hannah Helber was named the president of the inaugural Genetic Counseling Program class. The Ohio native who completed her undergraduate training at Ohio State University was interested in pursuing a genetic counseling degree because she wanted the opportunity to empower patients to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families. Read more about Hannah in the BCM Family Newsletter.

In the March 2019 program newsletter, Hannah reflected on her first semester. "It is hard to believe that we have all been in school for only one semester. The courses, clinical rotations and faculty have provided us with so much more than I think any of us would have expected to learn in so little time. In our observational rotation, we started taking pedigrees and developed new skills with the support of our amazing supervisors. In our Journal Club discussions and Research Methods in GC course, our conversations have shifted from understanding the research in front of us to asking, What other research opportunities are there?" Outside of class, we've participated in the Back to School party at Gigi's Playhouse, walked in the Lone Star Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation 5K and learned alongside the community at Evenings with Genetics. We've befriended students in the PA program and O&P program through our Health Behavioral Counseling class. We look forward to what the next 18 months will bring and how they will further shape into the genetic counselors of the future."


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