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Genetic counselor

Company Name:
Elliot Hospital
GENETIC COUNSELOR
Department: MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE
Schedule:
Shift: Days/Eves
Hours: 20
Job Summary:
Prenatal Genetic Counselor Position Summary:
The genetic counselor will be responsible for counseling patients and families concerning genetic issues, including, but not limited to: maternal serum screening, family history concerns, ultrasound abnormalities, prenatal diagnostic testing procedures, infertility, and pregnancy exposure to drugs, alcohol, and medication. This individual will serve as a resource to patients and medical staff regarding genetic issues.The genetic counselor will work closely with patients during stressful times and provide support and education about sensitive issues.
Key Responsibilities:
patients/families around genetic issues (Amniocentesis, Maternal, Serum Screening Program, Genetic Disorders, etc). This involves patient contact, explanation of procedures, probable outcome, all testing coordination, and follow up.
2.Screens and interviews patients to evaluate medical/family information. Recommends and coordinates additional testing and referrals with referring providers, outside hospital facilities, and genetic testing laboratories.
3.Performs record keeping, including chart preparation and records requests, maintenance of high risk patient list and patient statistics, documentation of encounter (including chart notes, progress notes, and letters, and other required paperwork for genetic tests or procedures.
4.Develops and maintains effective relationships with patients, staff, and other referring providers.
education and consultation to referring providers as needed with concerns about scheduling, test follow-up, or general queries about non-scheduled patients.
updates knowledge of developments in the field and genetic community by reading appropriate professional literature, attending educational meetings, and making use of other available resources for continuing education.
7.Serves as resource to patients, obstetrical care providers and other clinicians on genetic counseling issues.
with Elliot Hospital Laboratory and other send-out laboratories.
9.Works collaboratively with the perinatologist to report normal and abnormal results to patients and providers.This includes calling out results to patients who have not received genetic counseling when necessary.
and serves as primary supervisor for genetic counseling internships
11.Performs other duties as required or assigned
Required Knowledge & Skills:
Ability to set goals and to implement them.
Strong organizational skills.
Good communication skills especially in the areas of interpersonal skills, negotiation, sensitivity in counseling areas.
Aptitude in basic sciences, especially in the area of genetics, as well as ability in the area of working in stressful situations within specific time frames while maintaining a calm, professional attitude.
Good interpersonal skills.
Education/Experience/Licensure:
Minimum of two years experience in the field of Genetic Counseling or at least 1 year of directly related experience preferred.Strong preference given to individuals who have worked with a Maternal Fetal Medicinepractice.
American Board of Genetic Counseling Board Certification (or Board Eligible)
Master s Degree: MS/MA with specialty in Genetics or Genetic Counseling
Elliot Health System isan Equal Opportunity Employer and an Affirmative Action Employer.

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