The Clinical Ocular Genetic Counsellor (OGC) has specialized training in the areas of medical genetics and counselling, preferably with experience in Ocular Genetics. The OGC in the Ophthalmology Department works as a member of the Health Care Team along with Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Ophthalmic Technicians and reports to the Patient Care Manager.
The incumbent provides individuals and families with information on the nature and inheritance of ocular (often retinal) genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions consistent with their beliefs, recognizing cultural diversity and ethical issues. The OGC helps people understand and adapt to the medical, psychosocial and familial implications of such conditions. The OGC provides genetic counselling regarding genetic test results, possible options for cascade genetic testing and addresses other genetic risks identified in the patient and/or family. Furthermore, the OGC serves as a patient advocate and refers individuals and families to support services and clinical ocular research opportunities if available. The OGC also serves as an educator and resource for other healthcare professionals. Opportunities exist for teaching Medical Students, Residents, Genetic Counselling Students and the general public as well as presenting at Departmental conferences and Grand Rounds.
The Eye Institute of Alberta is the only hospital-based comprehensive eye treatment centre in northern Alberta. The Royal Alexandra Hospital Outpatient Eye Clinic is located in the heart of Edmonton, and we embrace our inner city-ness! We are a training centre for Residents, Medical Students and Ophthalmic personnel. The Royal Alex is a great place to learn and develop in your career.
As a Genetics Counsellor I, you will determine a patient or family's risk for a genetic condition, interpret test results, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of occurrence or recurrence, and review available options with the individual/family in a manner that promotes informed choice. You will assist patients, families and medical care providers to understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of how genetics contributes to disease. In addition, you will guide individuals/families in discussions about testing options, test result interpretation, prevention, medical management, newborn metabolic screening, and options for prenatal diagnosis. You will also provide supportive counselling to individuals/families with sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity and they address potential ethical issues. Furthermore, you will serve as a patient advocate and refer individuals and families to available support services, and as an educator and resource people for other healthcare professionals and the general public.
Completion of master's degree in Genetic Counseling.
Board Certification or eligibility with either the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) or the American Board of Genetic Counsellors (ABGC).
Certification (or eligible for certification) with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors or American Board of Genetic Counsellors is required.
Recent work experience in the field of clinical genetics is preferred, preferably with experience in the area of ocular genetics.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of genetic disorders/inheritance in relation to risk calculation/counselling.
Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to evidence-based, patient and family-centered care.
Effective oral and written presentation and communication skills, including telephone counselling.
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively in an inter-professional team environment.
Demonstrated understanding of legal and ethical issues related to privacy and confidentiality.
Highly developed computer skills and the ability to learn new computer programs
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest provincewide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories