Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling and 2 years of experience required Board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Medical Genetics or the American Board of Genetics Counselors required • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills • Time management and organizational skills • Self-directed • Ability to make quality, independent decisions • Analytical and strong problem solving skills • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under tight deadlines, high volumes and multiple interruptions • Ability to maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality • Ability to listen to others • Competency in the use of a variety of computer hardware and software systems Work which is constantly and exceptionally tiring mentally and/or visually. Conditions exist more than 90% of the work time. The job produces some physical demands. Typical of jobs that include regular walking, standing, stooping, bending, sitting, and some lifting of light weight objects. • Assesses the needs of patients, significant others, and family members. Provides genetic counseling services, evaluates educational needs, and develops and implements appropriate teaching strategies. • Documents care/teaching consistent with documentation guidelines and regulatory standards. • Acts as a consultant and resource to other members of the health care team. Communicates and collaborates with other members of the health care team in order to ensure continuity of care and coordination of services. Makes appropriate referrals, and acts as a patient or family advocate. • Collects data and develops and analyzes reports, as requested. Competent in obtaining, reviewing and evaluating extended family history information. • Promotes inquiry within the health care field by utilizing the scientific method to research clinical issues and strategies. Participates in scholarly activities such as publication in a peer reviewed journal, presentation at a scientific meeting, and participating in peer education by in-services or lectures. • Participates in educational programs for other health care professionals, educators, or lay public. Contributes regularly to the Genetics Department publications. • May be required to provide continuing care by telephone or other means of communications to patients or other members of the health care team outside of regular business hours, and/or from an offsite location. • Actively participates in safety initiatives and risk mitigating measures where appropriate and completes all position and unit safely related competencies and requirements on a timely basis.
The Genetics Counselor is a health professional academically and clinically prepared to provide genetic counseling to individuals and families seeking information about the occurrence, or risk of occurrence of a genetic condition or birth defect. Practices as a part of a genetic service team, communicating genetic, medical, and technical information with knowledge and insight into the psychosocial and cultural experiences important to each client and family. Employees providing direct patient care must demonstrate competencies specific to the population served.
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