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Dept- 5515 REQ #81715
This position entails providing cancer or reproductive genetic counseling to cancer or prenatal and pre-conception patients. This counseling addresses the risk to bear children with genetic disorders, birth defects, and mental retardation. Common indication for patient referral are: advanced maternal age, risk for single-gene disorders or multifactorial conditions, increased risk for chromosome abnormalities or open fetal defects on maternal serum maker screening, fetal anomalies detected on ultrasound, and teratogenic exposures in pregnancy. Patients are informed about the nature of etiology of the condition(s) in question. Where appropriate counseling is furnished regarding options for prenatal diagnosis, often via amniocentesis and/or chorionic villus sampling. These procedures are described, including benefits, risks, and limitations. Informed consent is obtained for those patients opting for one of the invasive procedures. For those not wishing to pursue invasive testing, other reproductive options are discussed, including: screening tests, IVF with pre-implementation genetic diagnosis, use of donor gametes, and adoption.
- Provides genetic counseling and education to the Hospital and the community, Genetic Counselors are expected to see at least 20 patients per week
- Genetic Counselors expected to show up on time for appointed patient contact hours unless supervisor is notified of lateness or unexpected absence
- Offers genetic counseling and follow up services for in-patient and out-patient
- Provides back up counseling to Sickle Cell and Developmental Disabilities Center and Pediatrics
- Counsels for such conditions and disorders as advanced maternal age, abnormal ultrasound results, abnormal screening results, neural tube defects, previous history of trisomies 21, 13 or 18, multiple spontaneous abortions, consanguinity, Ashkenazi Jewish descent, exposure to teratogens, family history of genetic conditions among other indications.
- Coordinates prenatal diagnosis services e.g. amniocentesis, CVS, ultrasound, fetal echo etc.
- Is knowledgeable about various insurance companies and the labs that are able to be utilized by those insurance companies.
- Seeks to document every case clearly and completely in order to protect the patients as well as the Division.
- Complete documentation includes complete pregnancy and family history information, discussion of indications for visit, age-related risks, tests offered and discussed in detail, results of previous testing, carrier screening offered/ discussed due to patient ethnicity, family history discussion of recurrence risks and possible testing offered, plan with dates of scheduled appointments, accurate quoting of recurrence risks, pregnancy complications and associated malformation as well as any other relevant information.
- Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling, American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification within 3 years of graduating from Genetic Counseling Program.
- Minimum of one year in Genetic Counseling or clinical rotations within a Genetic Counseling program.
- American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification