Position Summary: Responsible for implementing a program of genetic testing, education and counseling for patients and their families.
The General Genetics position includes provision of services in prenatal genetics, pre-symptomatic cancer genetics, pediatrics and adult diagnoses. While under the supervision of a Medical Geneticist, candidates would also work with Maternal Fetal Medicine providers and Oncology staff in a semi-independent fashion. This position would encompass two sites that are within a short driving distance.
Consults with and obtains detailed pedigrees from the patient and/or family members. Investigates possible history of genetic diseases. Identifies individuals with genetic risk. Introduces and reviews basic genetic principles and patterns of inheritance. Counsels patient and/or family members about genetic risk and reproductive outcomes. Makes referrals for extended services when necessary. Discusses genetic testing when appropriate and makes referrals to testing centers. Records significant content of all discussions and dictates summaries for medical records. Administers genetic testing program. Explains the advantages and disadvantages, current methodology, and accuracy of genetic testing. Informs patient and other professionals of the protocols for genetic testing in-house and/or in referral centers. Acts as liaison between laboratories/clinics, patients, and referring physicians. Establishes and maintains patient files and handles general correspondence. Provides educational programs. Prepares and conducts lectures, conferences, meetings, and departmental inservices. Acts as an educational resource.
Complies with established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives. Attends variety of meetings, conferences, and seminars as required or directed. Demonstrates use of quality improvement in daily operations. Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements. Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors. Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.
Position Qualifications: Master’s degree in human genetics from an accredited program. Board certified or eligible. Provisional or full MA genetic counseling license to practice in Massachusetts. Three + years’ experience.
UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest health care system in Central Massachusetts. We are the clinical partner of UMass Medical School, with access to the latest technology, research and clinical trials. Our health care system includes four hospitals:
• UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester)
• Clinton Hospital (Clinton)
• HealthAlliance Hospital (Leominster and Fitchburg)
• Marlborough ...Hospital (Marlborough)
In addition to our fully equipped medical centers, our system also includes home health and hospice programs, behavioral health programs and community-based physician practices.