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The Perinatal Diagnostic Unit provides all aspects of counseling and testing to pregnant women whose fetus is identified to have or be at increased risk of any kind of congenital abnormality. The role of the genetic counselor is central by providing counseling, support, and education regarding genetic issues to patients and their families. This individual also aids in coordinating care between obstetricians, perinatalogists, sonologists, geneticists, radiologists, pediatricians, and others involved in these complicated cases. The genetic counselor serves as a resource to both patients and staff.
This is a full-time position, 10-hour day shift, with one day a week of travel to satellite clinics in Waltham and/or Danvers.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides counseling for patients and their families around prenatal genetic issues (including advanced maternal age, prior infant/pregnancy with a genetic syndrome or birth defect, carrier screening, aneuploidy screening, ultrasound findings, diagnostic testing, family history of birth defect or genetic condition, and consanguinity). This includes review of medical records, obtaining family and pregnancy histories providing education and risk assessment, explanation of screening and diagnostic tools, reviews genetic literature, coordinating of additional testing and referrals, interprets results, and communicates results to patient and referring clinician.
Provides follow-up discussions when needed in person or by telephone with all families seen for diagnostic evaluations and/or counseling by geneticists and/or genetic counselor.
Works with geneticist/teratologist to provide counseling for potentially harmful exposures in pregnancy.
Administrative tasks include obtaining prior authorizations, documentation of encounters into the electronic medical record system, and other required paperwork for genetic tests and procedures.
Updates knowledge of current developments in the prenatal field and genetic community by reading journal articles, attending educational meetings, and other resources for continuing education.
Supervise genetic counseling student.
Participates in teaching conferences with staff in maternal-fetal medicine, ultrasonography and obstetrics in general.
Provides immediate support and comfort to women found in prenatal testing to have a fetal abnormality as needed.
In consultation with OB clinical staff, designs screening programs.
Discusses all types of screening with obstetricians, midwives and/or nursing staff.
Adheres to the MGH patient privacy & confidentiality policy regarding verbal, written, and electronic patient information.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Understand implications of test results.
Knowledge of genetic diseases, birth defects, risks, aneuploidy screening and diagnostic tools.
Ability to access national and local databases.
Maintain educational competency.
Knowledge of universal precautions.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including genetic counseling methods and techniques.
Elicit & evaluate family medical history.
Outpatient office setting with time spent seeing patients at all 3 locations (Boston – main campus, Waltham and Danvers).
Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling, Board Certification or Board Eligibility, Current or Provisional MA License and a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate relevant work experience.
Internal Number: 3103640
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