Hi Everyone, I need some help. I dont expect anyone to solve anything for me, but to give some feedback on my choices. So here is the story. I became interested in genetics when I was working as a Transporter at a hospital from 2002-2005. When I was working at the hospital as a transporter, I really enjoyed working in the hospital setting. When I was a transporter, I had the opportunity of working with children and adults who had genetic disorders (not knowing the exact genetic disorder because of confidentiality reasons). When I first started the transporter job, I knew very little about genetics. Since I was curious to learn about how the patients developed genetic conditions, I spent some time at the local medical library learning about genetic disorders/syndromes and became absolutely fascinated with the developmental mechanisms of genetic disorders. Therefore, I had spent the next couple of years exploring what career opportunities were available for a person to work with genetic disorders and with people who have genetic disorders. After taking some time to explore what career opportunities were available in the field of genetics, I started to do some shadowing with clinical geneticists and genetic counselors. I really enjoyed the shadowing experience that I had with the genetic counselors and clinical geneticists. Since I was also interested in doing genetic research on genetic disorders, I did a summer internship working on age-related macular degeneration. The internship was a great experience and I learned a lot about how scientific research is done in the laboratory setting. What I disliked the most about a career as a genetic researcher is working at the lab bench all day and not having the opportunity of working with people on a daily basis I realized then I wanted a career that deals with biosocialpsychological and policy issues in genetics. I have explicitly listed what my interests are and what my career goals are on many blogs and websites. I keep saying I want a career in genetic counseling but everyone keeps telling to be a clinical geneticist. Yes I would love to diagnose patients and provide management options for the patients, but I also want to explain to people how genetic disorders develop. I have decided not to get a DO or MD degree because the only reason I would get that degree for is for diagnosing patients. I also want to do some policy work in the field of genetics. I would like the opportunity to develop legislation in the field of genetics. So everyone keeps telling me that I need to choose what career I want, but I am having a really hard time deciding on exactly what career I should go into because everyone keeps telling me to get an MD. The thing is, Im not a competitive applicant for medical school. My GPA is only around the 2.9 to 3.0 range. I know I would have a really hard time getting into a medical school, so that I why I dont bother giving it any thought. I just want to get done with undergraduate school. I have been looking into a PhD in Public Health genetics, but then I miss out on the opportunity to explain to people how disorders develop. I would love to teach a medical ethics course to undergraduate students. So I know I at least need a masters degree to teach at a university. I also looked into a masters degree in Health Advocacy, but I have no idea what type of job I could get in that area. Im really passionate about getting genetics into primary care. I know that I will have a hard time getting into any program because of my grades, but I wont have any trouble showing my comparison and love for the field of genetics. I love learning about the etiology of genetic disorders, I love explaining to people how disorders develop, I love talking about genetic issues, and I want a career in genetics. So whenever I explain what my interests, I keep getting told to get a medical degree. I just dont think getting a medical degree is worth it just to have the chance to diagnose patients, which is not the highest of my interests anyways. I would rather work with a patient that has already been diagnosed with a genetic condition and do the rest of the work (explaining the condition, ordering tests, and so forth). What I have been thinking of doing is getting a masters in genetic counseling and and do family histories, and explain the condition to patients that have a genetic disorder and so forth. I just dont know what to do because of what everyone keeps telling me. This is what I want to do no matter what career I chose: - teach a bioethics course, or medical ethics course at a university - explain genetic conditions to patients - develop legislation in the field of genetics - order genetic tests and do family histories - being a consultant for diagnosing a patient and what course of management should be taken - possibly do some basic science research - get genetics into primary care Should I work hard at try to get into a DO school? Should I get a public policy degree? Should I get a PhD in Public Health Genetics? Should I get a genetic counseling degree? Should I become a PA? If I have to keep taking classes at the undergraduate level Im going to get into some major dept that I will not be able to pay off when a little job that doesnt have enough of salary to pay back the dept. The courses that I have liked the most in college include: genetics, heredity, embryology, and biochemistry. Please help!