This position primarily provides genetic counseling to patients with various indications, including ultrasound abnormalities, genetic disease in the family history, advanced maternal age, and screening consultations; some preconception and infertility counseling is part of this practice. The genetic counselor provides education to the patient and their referring provider regarding risk assessment and possible outcomes, current testing options, and detailed information in the rapidly progressing field of genetics. The genetic counselor also provides staff education as needed.
Essential Job Duties
Working with a Medical Geneticist and a team of Genetic Counselors, the Genetic Counselor will be responsible for the following:
- Utilizes specific detailed knowledge of genetics and acts as a consultant with applicable patient care specialists, and referring care providers in providing professional options for the development of a collaborative plan of care.
- Completes interview history and counsels patients referred for genetic testing, and other circumstances.
- Obtains medical records, prepares family pedigrees; utilizes medical literature in the analysis of genetic disorders related to individualized patient care.
- Provides individualized patient and family education emotional support, and counseling including analysis of options for current diagnostic testing, care and intervention, and future ramifications for self, family, or offspring.
- Maintains contact with patients while waiting for diagnostic results, when results are received, and as appropriate for support.
- Documents and records contact with patient, ancillary services, communications, and counseling by complete and appropriate documentation.
- Completes documentation to support billing requirements and completes charge sheet at each patient visit in order to facilitate timely billing.
- Coordinates and presents reviews of appropriate cases of care to peers, residents, students, and colleagues.
- Communicates clearly and directly in oral and written form to providers and patients.
- Participates in peer review by providing and receiving objective and constructive feedback with peers.
- Cooperate with insurance companies to obtain pre-authorizations as needed.
- Be involved in teaching students from the University of Utah Genetic Counseling Program as well as OB residents and MFM fellows.
This position is based at McKay-Dee Hospital but will include travel to support the Maternal Fetal Medicine Practice at Logan Regional Hospital (1 day every other week)