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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…