Summary: Under the general supervision of the Director Division of Genetics. Coordinates and provides genetic counseling and education services to patients regarding possible risk of birth defects and inherited disorders. Provides pre and post-amniocentesis counseling. Provides for professional and public education of birth defects and services available. Participates in research activities.
Responsibilities: Coordinates and provides genetic and amniocentesis counseling services at Hospital site and satellite clinics; arranges for special laboratory and diagnostic studies as requested by consulting physician.
Interviews clients and reviews medical records to investigate medical history and construct pedigrees; researches syndromes and medical conditions prior to patient counseling.
Provides for public education by speaking to professional and nonprofessional groups making arrangements for and participating in media presentations developing and distributing brochures public service announcements and videotapes participating in health fairs and responding to a variety of individual s requests for information.
Supervises directs and evaluates work of secretary; interviews and makes recommendations for hiring and disciplinary action.
Maintains case records and writes summary letters to clients documenting findings and interpretations.
Participates in assigned committees dealing with education research follow up etc.
May assist in preparation of variety of written reports such as funding grants manuscripts and program reports.
Maintains and enhances professional expertise through appropriate educational activities.
BASIC KNOWLEDGE: Completion of a Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling or Human Genetics.
Knowledge of biological sciences necessary to understand interpret and discuss a wide range of birth defects and medical conditions in the provision of genetic counseling services.
Analytical and numerical skills necessary to evaluate program development interpret pedigrees calculate and predict probability of genetic risk factors and apply simple statistical tests on data.
Interpersonal skills to deal with a wide range of professional and lay people in Hospital and community.
Counseling skills to deal with clients about complicated and often distressing information.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.
Internal Number: 624
Lifespan: Delivering health with care.
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