The Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami has an exciting opportunity for a Genetic Counselor to join a growing neurogenetics program with both clinical and research responsibilities. Research is the major focus of this position (60% effort), with responsibilities oriented around activities of the CReATe Consortium, an NIH-supported Rare Diseases Consortium focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) and related motor neuron disorders. Research responsibilities will include genetic counseling and assistance in the interpretation of next generation sequencing data. On the clinical front (40% effort), the Genetic Counselor will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team, primarily serving as a genetic resource for patients who have or are at risk for neuromuscular genetic disorders.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Acquire an in-depth understanding of the research program and the details of specific projects
Assist with drafting and editing relevant sections of study protocols, informed consent documents and other study materials (e.g. informational brochures)
Recruit and enroll study participants, coordinate study visits, and assist with collection of study data
Provide counseling for research participants who may undergo genetic testing
Assist with the interpretation of variants from next generation sequencing (on a research basis)
Maintain accurate and complete source documents and case report forms; assist with data entry into research database
Participate in patient/community outreach activities to help promote and sustain the research program
Gather relevant medical history and pedigree information.
Provide genetic counseling, education and psychological support for those with genetic neuromuscular disorders, or who may be at risk for such disorders.
Facilitate patient decision making regarding genetic testing
Assist with ordering and interpreting genetic test results, including next generation sequencing
Manage commercial genetic testing
Work in partnership with the neurologist and allied health professionals within the context of multi-disciplinary specialty clinics (e.g. Muscular Dystrophy Association, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, ALS), to manage care for patients with genetic neuromuscular disorders
Participate in the training of neurology residents and fellows who rotate through the clinics
The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Master's Degree, health professional who has received training from an accredited Genetic Counseling program. Board eligible or board certified with the American Board of Medical Genetics (or equivalent). Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Any appropriate combination of relevant education, certification (s) and /or work experience may be considered
Internal Number: P100037716
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