Meet Gabrielle Eisenberg, second year genetic counseling graduate student at Thomas Jeffereson University. Gabbi is the PAGC's featured student for the Summer of 2018. Read below to learn about Gabbi and her path to becomming a genetic counselor.
As an undergraduate, Gabbi majored in English and minored in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. From the first time she drew a Punnett Square in eighth grade, she knew that a career in genetics was something she wanted to pursue. A year later, Gabbi learned about the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases, and was even more intrigued. However, she recalls that, "it was the experience of receiving a diagnosis myself that really pushed me into this career. I recognized how important it is to have someone who can help you cope with your new normal and provide education about what this new condition is. Ultimately, I saw genetic counseling as the perfect way to marry my interest in genetics and genetic conditions with my desire to help individuals and families cope with new diagnoses."
Gabbi has been passionate about her genetic counselor training and feels that her rotations have been the most valuable aspect of graduate school thus far. They have been varied in both geography and specialty, granting her many unique opportunities to learn. Additionally, being able to watch her clinical supervisors counsel has provided Gabbi her own counseling toolkit. She shared that being able to apply all of the skills she has learned has been an incredible experience.
Alongside of her clinical rotations, her capstone project has also been an important learning experience. Gabbi is investigating the experiences of medical interpreters in genetic counseling sessions to learn more about any unique challenges or differences specific to the gentic counseling setting.
When asked about post-graduation, Gabbi said she is most interested in pediatric genetic counseling. "For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work with children, and I feel that my personal goals as a genetic counselor fit nicely in this realm. I am also intrigued by specialty areas like neuro-genetics and ocular genetics counseling, and I am looking forward to learning more about these in my training. "