JOB SUMMARY: The primary purpose of the Cancer Genetic Counselor (CGC) is to deliver genetic counseling for individuals with genetically caused and predisposed disorders or diagnosed with or at risk for cancers with hereditary genetic components. The Genetic Counselor functions as part of a multidisciplinary team including physicians, Ph.Ds., nurses and other allied health professionals. CGCs work in an interdisciplinary setting, with opportunity for participation in collaborative research efforts in both clinical and multiple community-based settings.
**This position will work in the Cancer Centers at both Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital & Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS:
I. Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate
II. Focuses on patient/customer safety
III. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V. Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
VI. Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
PEOPLE - 35%
1. Provides genetic counseling to individuals identified with predisposing characteristics or at potentially elevated risk for developing cancer. Includes the ability to elicit and interpret individual and family medical and psychosocial histories, provide cancer risk assessment, communicate pertinent disease and risk information clearly, provide counseling regarding genetic testing including the results, and support patients' psychosocial needs. Performs database and primary literature searches as necessary.
2. Provides follow-up to genetic counseling visits as indicated including arranging consultations with other specialists, computerized risk assessment modeling, completing consultation reports, obtaining outside medical records or specimens, facilitating authorization for patients' insurance coverage for genetic testing, telephone communication with patients, facilitating family communication and requesting follow-up visits. Prepares and presents cases at the weekly cancer case conferences by the multidisciplinary team.
SERVICE - 20%
1. Provides education to the public, students, and health care professionals related to hereditary cancer and genetic counseling. Supervises students during their cancer genetics rotation, participating in the psychosocial course, and providing student evaluations including the development of appropriate tools to monitor student progress. Identifies and helps develop patient, professional and public education materials and presentations. Provides seminars and presentations as appropriate.
2. Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
QUALITY/SAFETY - 20%
1. Audits adherence to program and hospital initiatives. Fosters quality & safety by following all safety rules while on the job and reporting accidents promptly. Corrects minor safety hazards as necessary.
2. Tracks data for all consulted patients and logs information within the EMR and other databases as indicated. Reports data as required.
FINANCE - 5%
1. Provides statistical data to appropriate persons; reports on required data at identified meetings.
2. Utilizes hospital resources appropriately.
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 20%
1. Assists with patient recruitment both inside and outside the institution. Develops educational materials, reviews patient charts, contacts family members when appropriate, and conducts public and professional presentations. Assists with clinical studies as needed. Participates in the design, writing or editing of research protocols as requested. Initiates new research projects and works with the multidisciplinary team to implement these projects.
2. Serves as primary contact and liaison for specified clinical departments/physician offices and community entities in regard to Cancer Genetic Counseling. Attends tumor boards and other meetings as required. Facilitates the identification of high risk patients for genetic counseling and clinical research protocols. Provides genetic screening and counseling services in multiple Houston Methodist care centers. Attends subject specialty conferences so as to embrace best evidence and increase own knowledge in the related field.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Post - baccalaureate degree in genetic counseling
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of 0-3 years of experience in risk assessment and counseling for adult onset diseases; at least one year of prior genetic counseling experience is highly preferred
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED: All hires are required to obtain certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics within 18 months of eligibility; applicants who already possess current certification are highly preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Advanced oral and written communication skills
Exhibits good listening, negotiation and collaboration skills
Demonstrates ability to work with diverse individuals and community groups
Displays professionalism, remains composed under stress, and takes responsibility for delivering on personal and organizational commitments
Able to work independently and possesses organization/time management and prioritization skills
Must be able to perform skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable
Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office applications
Must be able to write and speak effectively in English
Internal Number: 41691
About Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened in December 2000 to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community in Northwest Houston. The 312 bed hospital has 17 operating rooms, and more than 1,900 employees. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® and was ranked No. 8 in the Houston metro area and No. 19 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” in 2016. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is Northwest Houston's regional leader in robotic minimally-invasive surgeries and specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center, Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Childbirth Center in the greater Northwest Houston area.
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