GENERAL SUMMARY / OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Genetics and Genomic Medicine service at Brigham and Women's Hospital focuses exclusively on the care of adult patients. We provide care for individuals in need of genetic risk assessment, genetic diagnosis, genetic testing, genetic counseling, or management of genetic disease. Care is provided by clinicians who have received dual training in internal medicine and medical genetics. The geneticists and genetic counselors are experts in the diagnosis, management and counseling issues related to adult onset disease as well as the care of adults with genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. We work collaboratively with other specialists at our institution, throughout the Harvard Medical affiliates, and throughout the world. Genetics and Genomic Medicine at BWH also offers exome and genome sequencing as a clinical service to patients for diagnosis and clinical management and is closely aligned with novel gene/undiagnosed disease programs such as the Harvard Undiagnosed Disease Program.
The Genetic Counselor will be responsible for coordinating clinic schedules, obtaining family history and additional necessary records from outside institutions, participating in diagnostic evaluations, and providing genetic counseling services in the clinic setting. In addition, the Genetic Counselor will have responsibilities relating to clinical research, including preparing IRB protocols for research studies, facilitating informed consent of research participants, obtaining necessary clinical data from research participants, and communicating clinical data to experimental biology and bioinformatics team.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinates Genetics Clinic at Brigham & Women 's Hospital. Maintains clinic schedule, and gathers clinical information, including records from outside institutions. Monitors visit documentation, outstanding lab work, and additional necessary follow-up as needed.
- Participates in diagnostic evaluations in the Genetics Clinic at BWH and other BWH clinical programs as needed. Obtains and analyzes family history, reviews clinical information on patients, performs research as necessary, and coordinates diagnostic testing. Reviews information with physicians, provides documentation of conclusions, and follows-up on outstanding laboratory data, including ensuring results have been communicated to patients.
- Provides genetic counseling services through BWH clinics as well as other clinical programs in the Partners system as needed. Interprets family history, clinical findings and laboratory data to provide counseling for individuals or families at risk for specific hereditary disorders.
- Assists in overall patient care coordination. Identifies appropriate referrals for patients, which may include other health care providers, advocacy organizations, or research opportunities.
- In coordination with attending physician, facilitates optimal clinical learning experiences for all trainees rotating through clinics, including medical students, residents, genetics fellows, and genetic counseling students.
- Provides clinical support for new and existing research collaborations. Identifies and contacts families for participation in clinical research studies. Explains study to participants, obtains informed consent and coordinates collection of study samples. Communicates necessary clinical information to research and bioinformatics team.