Sara Gilvary

BS, St. Lawrence University. MS, Sarah Lawrence College. Course director, thesis advisor, and formerly director of clinical training at Sarah Lawrence College, she is also on the faculty of New York Medical College where she is involved in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. After completing her MS in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College, she worked as a clinical supervisor certified genetic counselor for New York University Langone Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. SLC, 2011-

Graduate Courses

Human Genetics 2017-2018

Case Management Practicum

Graduate Seminar—Spring

The Case Management Practicum utilizes a standardized patient model to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and assess their skill levels in competencies necessary for the practice of genetic counseling. Students participate in prepared role-playing exercises, followed by class discussion and feedback. The course structure allows students to demonstrate competence in key skills; assess their own strengths and weaknesses and those of their peers; and formulate a plan for addressing areas needing improvement.

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Disability Service Learning

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The Disability Service Learning course and practicum broadly covers contemporary topics of disability, with a focus on the genetics community. Through guest speakers, panels, and internships, students gain an understanding of the impact of disability; improved communication skills with individuals, families, and service providers; and an increased awareness of the contributions that genetic counseling can make to persons with or without disabilities.

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Previous Courses

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling I

Graduate Seminar—Fall

Fundamentals of Genetic Counseling aims to introduce students to fundamental skills necessary for genetic counseling. The course is structured around key components of a genetic counseling encounter. Readings provide foundational knowledge of relevant concepts and class discussions encourage comparison of different perspectives and applications. Course instructors demonstrate each skill and students then engage in skill development through role-play, peer feedback, and self-assessment.

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Capstone Project

Graduate Seminar—Year

Every student in the Joan H. Marks Human Genetics Program is required to complete a capstone experience and submit a manuscript documenting the experience or project to fulfill the requirements for obtaining a master’s degree in Human Genetics from the Graduate Studies division of Sarah Lawrence College.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I - Graduate

Seminar—Spring

The focus of this two part course is to help students develop a professional identity as a genetic counselor in the context of both the healthcare setting and the community as a whole.  Topics presented Part I may include resume/cover letter writing, interviewing, summer rotation preparation, performance evaluation and the supervisory relationship.

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Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II

Graduate Seminar—Fall

The focus of this two part course is to help students develop a professional identity as a genetic counselor in the context of both the healthcare setting and the community as a whole.  Topics presented in Part II of this course may include networking, salary negotiation strategies, billing and reimbursement, licensure, marketing, grant writing, self-care, exam preparation, supervision models and expanded career roles. 

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Educational Outreach/Capstone I

Graduate Seminar—Spring

First year students take part in an educational outreach project. They can work in pairs or alone. Each group identifies an audience to whom they would like to give a presentation about some aspect of the genetic counseling field. It can be focused on science, counseling or some other aspect such as ethics. The most popular choice for an audience is school-based, from elementary school to college. Other audiences have included seniors in an assisted-living facility, and adults and children attending a health fair in Harlem.

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