The Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM) and the new Precision Genomics Laboratory (PGL) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has an opening for a dynamic and dedicated Genetic Counselor. Under supervision of the Director of Genetic Counseling and Clinical Engagement, the genetic counselor will provide support for the IGM and the PGL.
The IGM, under the direction of Dr. David Goldstein, is a program that comprehensively integrates genetics and genomics into research, training and patient care. The IGM has a team of research Genetic Counselors that plays a key role in the interface of patients, physicians, and researchers. The IGM is seeking a Genetic Counselor to provide genetic counseling services for the wide variety of genomics research performed in the IGM and help support the newly established clinical genetics lab, the Personalized Genomics Laboratory. Under supervision of the Director of Genetic Counseling and Clinical Engagement, the Genetic Counselor serve as the primary contact for both potential patients and referring physicians, and will be responsible for patient education and consent, variant interpretation, review of patient medical records, coordination and implementation of study procedures, return of results to referring physicians and/or patients as indicated, and providing post-test counseling/education/support to patients and families.
The PGL has a strong focus in constitutional diagnostics to support personalized medicine initiatives. As the newly created PGL grows, it is expected that the Genetic Counselor's roles within the clinical lab will change as the needs for laboratory genetic counseling expand. Initially, the role within the genetics clinical lab will include providing clinical laboratory genetic counseling services, serving as the primary laboratory contact for health care providers as well as helping to develop the policies and procedures. All clinical work in the laboratory is conducted in accordance with strict regulatory agency requirements in order to provide results of the highest level of quality to physicians and their patients.
The Genetic Counselor will also be responsible for submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory bodies as needed, maintenance of study files and databases, ensuring overall adherence to written protocols and regulatory requirements, and other duties as needed.
Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.
Background in both the provision of Genetic Counseling to patients and administration of Genetic Counseling policies and procedures in a clinical practice.
Computer skills required--Microsoft Office including PowerPoint and Excel.
Must work well in a group environment.
Requires strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Internal Number: 091292
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