The Center for Fetal Medicine (CFM) and Reproductive Genetics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a dynamic reproductive program with opportunities to counsel patients with genetic issues related to reproductive and prenatal genetics. Common indications for patient care include carrier screening, aneuploidy and diagnostic tests during pregnancy, ultrasound anomalies, reproductive testing including preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), family history of genetic conditions and teratogen risk assessment. This individual also serves as a resource to patients and medical staff regarding genetic issues and is involved in developing new programs for patient and staff as needed to advance the Center for Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics. The genetic counselor will work closely with patients during stressful times and provide support and education about sensitive issues.
This is a full time position, between 40 hours. Some travel to satellite clinics is required.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Counsels patients/families around reproductive and prenatal genetic issues (including carrier and aneuploidy screening, diagnostic testing and preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)). This involves patient contact, explanation of procedures, probable outcome, all testing coordination, and follow up. Screens and interviews patients to evaluate medical/family information. Recommends and coordinates additional testing and referrals with referring providers, outside hospital facilities, and genetic testing laboratories.
Implements and coordinates special programs as needed to accommodate patients and providers.
Performs administrative record keeping, including chart preparation and records requests, maintenance of statistics, documentation of encounter (including chart notes, progress notes, and letters, and other required paperwork for genetic tests or procedures.
Develops and maintains effective relationships with patients, CFM staff, and other referring providers. Provides education and consultation to referring providers as needed with concerns about scheduling, test follow-up, or general queries about non-scheduled patients.
Actively updates knowledge of current trends and developments in the field and genetic community by reading appropriate professional literature, attending educational meetings, and making use of other available resources for continuing education.
Serves as resource to patients, obstetrical care providers and other clinicians on genetic counseling issues.
Interacts with Cytogenetic Laboratory and other send-out laboratories. Calls normal and abnormal results to patients and providers, including calling out results to patients who have not received genetic counseling when necessary.
Participates in research projects including patient recruitment, clinical data abstraction, and data entry maintenance of required computer databases and communication with principal investigator and other sites.
Genetic counselors designated to see patients at satellite sites, in addition to the above duties, will be expected to assume a role of clinic coordinator and will work with the satellite site to schedule patients for genetic counseling within the framework of that clinic site.
Counselors at satellite sites will also be responsible for working with referring medical staff to ensure appropriate referral for patients needing genetic counseling by means of communication with the referring provider as well as giving educational presentations to groups of providers.
Performs other duties as required or assigned, including back-up coverage for other counselors when necessary.
Minimum of two years experience in the field of Genetic Counseling, is preferred
Master’s Degree: MS/MA with specialty in Genetics or Genetic Counseling
Board Eligible or Board Certified by American Board of Genetic Counseling
Full or Provisional License in Genetic Counseling in Massachusetts will be required prior to start of position
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Good communication skills especially in the areas of interpersonal skills and sensitivity in counseling areas.
Aptitude in basic sciences, especially in the area of genetics.
Ability to work in stressful situations within specific time frames while maintaining a calm, professional attitude.
Strong organization skills and time management are necessary.
Internal Number: 3052641
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