Interviews and counsels patients either at risk for or affected with genetic disorders. Responsible for pre-,peri-, and post-natal genetic counseling of referred individuals. Takes family, medical, and pregnancyhistories, assesses genetic risks, logs information, makes referrals to appropriate specialists, and explainsgenetic information.
Master's degree in Genetic Counseling.
No experience required. 2 years genetic counseling experience preferred.
American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification preferred. Must be certified within one year of hire.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Collects genetic information preparing for each patient referred.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Explains to patients and their family members genetic risks, diagnosis, and available intervention. Supplies pertinent written information to patients and physicians.
Gathers information and utilizes resources from various sources; calculates or cites empiric genetic risks to each individual patient or family member.
Gives lectures and educational sessions on genetic counseling and medical genetics issues to residents, staff, and community.
Identifies at-risk individuals and offers appropriate tests and referrals to genetic specialists.
Interviews patients by taking family, medical, and pregnancy histories to identify significant genetic and environmental risk factors.
Maintains patients' files and records, such as number of patients counseled and types of referrals, according to departmental and laboratory standards.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams, in meetings and on committees, and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Prepares letters to patients and physicians after counseling session.
Receives referrals and schedules appointments within a week of referral and logs with accuracy.
Internal Number: 20050
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