ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. (List Essential Duty Responsibility Statements.)
Provides genetic counseling including an explanation of how heredity contributes to the patient’s risk, discusses management of that risk, discusses risks and benefits of genetic testing, assists patients and their family members to make the best possible decisions regarding genetic information in the context of their own circumstances, and evaluates the patient’s level of psychological distress and perception of risk.
Elicits family history information, creates three generation family history, and interprets family pedigrees with regard to hereditary cancer risk.
Identifies most appropriate family members for genetic testing and provides cancer risk assessment for patients based on family history informati
Using risk estimate models, calculates a patient-specific risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome based on medical and family history and explains this estimate to the patient, including the benefits and limitations of such model
Identifies specialized genetic laboratories and coordinates laboratory services for the purpose of genetic testing and/or DNA banking for patients and their appropriate family member
Interprets genetic laboratory tests for the patient, family, and referring health care providers in a meaningful and understandable way.
Makes appropriate referrals for additional genetic tests, medical management, support groups, and social servi
Enters patient and family medical history into Progeny database. Utilizes Progeny database as needed for clinical information, including identification of patient specific variables, tracking family history information, medical history information, et
Communicates with referring physicians and patients with chart notes, medical reports, and follow-up letters as indica
Reviews patient and family history information with interdisciplinary members of the Hereditary Oncology Prevention and Evaluation (HOPE) Program as appropria
JOB REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed must be representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensure, experience, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Masters in Genetic Counseling from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Board certified or board eligible in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills. Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Sitting, standing, walking, talking or hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Clinic environment. Moderate noise. Exposure to blood, antineoplastic drugs and possible exposure to infectious and communicable diseases. Universal precautions are mandatory.
The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is an American 965-bed hospital with campuses in New Brunswick (Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick), and Somerville, New Jersey (Somerset Medical Center), and serves as a flagship hospital of RWJBarnabas Health.
RWJUH New Brunswick is the flagship cancer hospital of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the princip...al hospital of Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, and women's and children's care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH, which has several areas of pediatric care. The hospital is also a Level 1 trauma center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.