Science Career Talk: Careers in Health Services- February.7th, 2018

Science Career Talk: Careers in Health Services
February 7th, 2018

Science alumni working in the health services industry presented about the career path they have pursued and how they navigated their job search with science backgrounds. Since many jobs are not publicly advertised, networking often plays a major role in how students and graduates find jobs and careers that fit their interests and values.

This event provided a great opportunity for science students and graduates to build their network, learn what opportunities there are in the hidden job market and how to best market their skills to industry professionals.

Alumni Presenters:

Dana Noseworthy
Senior Child Management Specialist
Eastern Health, St.John's, NL

Dana Noseworthy is a Senior Child Management Specialist with Eastern Health. In this role, Dana works directly with children who are diagnosed with autism, and also mentors other staff who are providing early intervention to children who are diagnosed with autism, or who have other developmental needs. Dana has been working in the field of early intervention since 2002. She completed her B.Sc. (hons) in 2004, and then completed an M.Sc. at MUN in 2016. Dana’s Master’s Thesis looked at potential barriers parents encounter when they take part in a home-based early intervention program. In her spare time, Dana volunteers with Junior Achievement NL, and is currently learning American Sign Language.

Sarah Predham
Genetic Counsellor
Sequence Bio

Sarah Predham earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. During this time she volunteered with a number of organizations, including Planned Parenthood and the Medical Genetics Program. She then went on to pursue her Masters in Genetic Counselling at the University of British Columbia in 2013. After graduating from her Masters, Sarah obtained a position as a genetic counsellor with a research group at Memorial University. Currently, Sarah works as a genetic counsellor for Eastern Health in the Provincial Medical Genetics Program. She recently began consulting as a genetic counsellor with a local company, SequenceBio.

Dr. Tanya Gillan
Molecular Geneticist
Acting Division Cheir of the Medical Genetics Labratory
Eastern Health

Dr. Gillan is a Clinical Cytogeneticist and Molecular Geneticist and acting Division Chief of the Medical Genetics Laboratory (MGL) at Eastern Health, NL. She oversees clinical genetic testing for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The MGL provides complex genetic testing and diagnoses for a variety of genetic conditions including Fragile X syndrome, Huntington disease, thrombophilia, hereditary cancer, leukemia, infertility and prenatal.

Dr. Gillan received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. From there she pursed her interest in genetics and medical sciences and obtained a Master of Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, where she was part of the team that identified the Niemann-Pick disease Type D gene. Dr. Gillan then obtained her PhD in Oncology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, where she worked on identifying candidate Wilms tumor genes. After her PhD, Dr. Gillan wanted to combine her love of genetics, research and teaching with her desire to impact patient health and embarked on a three year clinical Fellowship in cytogenetics and molecular genetics with the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB. Upon completion of her Fellowship, Dr. Gillan worked for 8 years as a Clinical Cytogeneticist and Molecular Geneticist at the Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC, which was a high volume diagnostic and referral lab for the BC Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program. In 2015, Dr. Gillan moved back to the east coast to take a position with Eastern Health as Division Chief, Medical Genetics Laboratory.

Dr. Gillan is passionate about the area of clinical genetics and genomics and is thrilled to be part of this continuously evolving and exciting field. She enjoys the clinical workload as well as the opportunity to participate in research and teaching and thereby passing on her love of science and genetics to future scientists. Today is an exciting time to be in genetics with a variety of different career paths that can be taken.

Megan Durnford
Human Resources Consultant
Eastern Health

Megan Durnford is a Human Resources Consultant with Eastern Health and she was present to answer any questions students may have had about careers in health services.


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