Genetic Counselor sought to join the Ocular Genomic Institute (OGI) in the Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School. The primary goal of the OGI is to translate the promise of personalized genomic medicine into clinical care for ophthalmic disorders. A major focus of the OGI is to investigate the molecular bases of and develop therapies for inherited retinal disorders.
We are seeking a talented, energetic genetic counselor to work with our clinical services and provide genetic counseling to individuals and families with inherited eye disorders.
Responsibilities will include:
Provide genetic counseling to individuals and families on the etiology, occurrence and recurrence risk of inherited eye disorders.
Collect medical and family history from patients and their family by conducting personal interviews, reviewing medical records and conferring with physicians.
Explain procedures, including medical and genetic testing, to patients and families.
Help families evaluate risks, benefits and limitations of recommended genetic testing to facilitate informed consent.
Coordinate genetic testing including identifying testing labs and preparing laboratory forms. This includes determining insurance coverage for genetic testing, obtaining prior authorization and writing letters of medical necessity.
Interpret genetic testing results and convey the genetic, medical and technical information regarding the results, diagnosis, etiology, natural history, prognosis, treatment and management to patient and their family.
Coordinate additional testing for patient and family members.
Provide short term patient centered counseling and psychological support by assessing psychosocial needs and psychopathology to provide anticipatory guidance.
Establish and maintain inter-and intradisciplinary professional relationships to augment and enhance the medical care provided by the health care team.
Clinical Research responsibilities:
Assist with recruitment, enrollment and consent of patients and families for research genetic testing programs
Participate in data collection, recording and reporting of results and information from genetic research programs.
MS Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accredited training program
ABGC Board Certification or documentation of Board Eligibility
Holds an active genetic counselor license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or is eligible for a provisional license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mass. Eye and Ear is a specialty hospital dedicated to excellence in the care of disorders that affect the eye, ear, nose, throat, and adjacent regions of the head and neck U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass. Eye and Ear #1 in the nation for Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck care and #1 in New England for Eye care in the 2016-17 'Best Hospital' rankings.