Archive for January, 2009

what do i want to research?

as i explore my research possibilities, i’m running into circles trying to figure out what to focus on. what’s really finally motivated me to approach this topic has been my survey methods class, where we’re beginning to define ideas for our class project in which we research, design and pre-test a questionnaire/survey. i’ve decided to work stag since i thought this would be a great chance to incorporate my research ideas, give me time to think and process, and develop the initial instrument for my reseach.

but here’s the difficult part. i know i want to look at asian-americans, perhaps specifically chinese-americans, and i’ll need to discern level of acculturation by some proxy like, years in the US and generations in the US, but then what? knowledge of genetics? undertandings of genetic concepts as we know it from a western standpoint? or look more broadly at inheritance/kinship issues, like how they perceive disease to “pass down” through families? or i could go a completely different route and identify cultural barriers? or how traditional taught-inheritance may differ from school-taught inheritance patterns, but what’s the clinical utility of that? i just find it interesting. i really need to iron it out a whole lot more.

so this is how programs get started…

i spoke with the chair of obstetrics/gynecology today after recommendation from our medical director regarding a longstanding exchange our institution has with medicine in Ghana. i initially set out to explore what potential rotation i could pursue in Ghana along with the medical students who are travelling there this summer, perhaps in screening practices, risk communications, or birth defects. i’d assumed that there was little to no genetics infrastructure…

so the meeting went something like this: i walked in and gave the little blurb about who i am and my background. he immediately begins saying that there are many interesting opportunities, and more importantly, the head of obstetrics at the university of ghana is visiting us in july to learn and then to head a maternal-fetal-medicine unit (the first one in ghana) at the Read more…

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negotiating genetic counseling and cantonese

i suppose i can’t sleep tonight because i have a lot on my mind. my research project, summer rotation, our mid-winter break. i’d like to be productive during that short break, hopefully be able to incorporate something interesting and beneficial to my current course of study.

i’ve been doing a bit of digging into where genetic counseling and cantonese intersect, and i’ve been finding myself looking back at the bay area. internet searches lead me to a few cantonese-speaking genetic counselors working for the kaiser permanente group in san francisco. it sounds like they do counsel in cantonese. i’d really like to be able to sit in on some of their session, get an understanding of how these genetic concepts are communicated. it is difficult to compromise in myself these ideas because Read more…

pgc: it’s good!

i just heard back from the student editor for the Perspectives in Genetic Counseling newsletter. she liked my article! i’m so happy i had the chance to write this article and interview my fellow male genetic counseling trainees across the states, it was a very educational experience and i’m glad we’re finally getting our voices out there as a coherent whole. i’m not sure exactly when the article will be published, but it will most likely be in the spring edition of PGC. look out for it! we’re still working on a lot of the edits, but here’s a short excerpt:

I now believe that the perception of an underlying difference between genders and gender disproportions are issues that only trainees and professionals in genetic counseling observe. Read more…

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wonderful world of genetics

well, a new year has inspired me to begin sharing what i learn, what i have to say, and exploring what my interests are in a hopefully interactive manner that others can contribute too. i have minimal experiences, but i believe they may be valuable to some other than myself. plus i’ll be using this as a means of journaling my counseling experiences as well. so get ready, here i come!

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