The Genetic Counselor at Stroger Hospital will be responsible for both cancer genetic counseling in the Cancer Risk Program providing care to a diverse patient population. The position includes involvement in various research studies relating to genetic counseling and testing, occasional grant writing and reporting, and education of students and residents. Must be able to work well independently and as part of a team, and have interest in maintaining and continuing to build genetic counseling and testing programs at Cook County Health and Hospital System.
Provide cancer risk and prenatal assessment through genetic counseling and coordinate genetic testing for appropriate/eligible patients who are often uninsured or underinsured.
Facilitate decision making with patients regarding various genetic testing and management options.
Provide appropriate documentation of clinic visits, follow up and testing results
Interact with a multidisciplinary oncology or OB team to ensure high quality patient care.
Collaborate with other institutions on various research studies relating to cancer genetics.
Assist with grant writing and reporting to maintain support for the program.
Educate medical residents, students, fellows, and genetic counseling students on hereditary cancer syndromes and prenatal genetic anomalies.
Master’s degree from an accredited Genetic Counseling training program by the time of hire; Master’s degree in Ethics is preferred.
Certification or eligibility for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling by the time of hire.
Illinois state licensure or ability to obtain Illinois State Licensure with 12 months of hire is required.
Ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts and genetic testing options to patients with low literacy.
Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work in a multidisciplinary setting as well as with a diverse patient population.
Prior experience working or training in genetic counseling in the CCHHS outpatient setting is preferred.
Hektoen Institute for Medical Research (Hektoen) is a non-profit partner of Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS). Hektoen was founded 70 years ago at the behest of County physicians who believed that research and program development were necessary components of the provision of quality care to the poor and underserved patients of the County system. Since the 1990s, Hektoen's primary rol...e has been to serve as fiscal agent/applicant of record for grants on behalf of CCHHS and its entities. Hektoen helps to develop sponsored programs and provides fiscal and administrative oversight of projects funded by outside sponsors. Hektoen assures the fiscal probity of projects, overseeing human resources, expenditures, reporting and compliance. It is Hektoen's role to make sure that all laws and agreements embedded in the sponsored agreement are strictly adhered to throughout the duration of a funded program. Programmatic oversight of these projects is performed by the medical, scientific and/or program personnel of the funded agency. Hektoen and its clients function as seamless partners, working together to operate these programs for the good of patients and/or program recipients, and for the funders who sponsor them. The annual budget noted for this LOI submission is Hektoen's annual operating budget. Hektoen will function as the fiscal agent on behalf of the Stroger Hospital Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention Program, which provides state-of-the-art breast cancer risk assessment as well as genetic counseling and testing to approximately 400 high-risk women each year. In addition, the breast care program at Stroger Hospital has various clinical components, including: 1) a dedicated Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (screening 2000 patients/year); 2) a High Risk /Cancer Prevention clinic as described in the proposal; 3) a breast Diagnostic/Consultation Clinic run by internists specializing in breast health and breast biopsy, accepting referrals from throughout the CCHHS for patients with breast problems that are most likely benign or non-surgical (~2000 patient visits per year); 4) a breast imaging department that performs breast imaging (screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds) and image guided biopsies (~500/year); and 5) multi-disciplinary breast surgical and medical oncology clinics, including an infusion center (caring for approximately 150-200 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients each year and receiving over 1,500-2,000 referrals per year for evaluation of patients with breast problems). As part of the CCHHS and its mission, our program provides services to women in need of care with respect and dignity, regardless of their ability to pay.