Genetic Counselor
Location:
Charleston , South Carolina
Posted:
September 07, 2017
Reference:
00062-17185
Accessing critical health care services for "high risk" pregnancies is extremely important.

Fortunately, Summerville Medical Center (SMC) can link high-risk obstetric patients with the right doctor, a perinatologist, via an electronic connection. The service, called Maternal Fetal Telemedicine, expands the already outstanding care for moms and babies at SMC.


POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the MFM Physician, Office or Clinic Manager, or Supervisor the Genetic Counselor will be responsible for quality patient care and Evidence Based practice within Trident Health.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Demonstrate continuing professional knowledge of the principles and practices of the medical genetics and genetic counseling fields; maintain knowledge of available resources relevant to issues raised in genetic counseling
      • Interpret, understand and extrapolate research conclusions to clinical applications
      • Pursue continuing education necessary to maintain certification as well as to integrate and implement new genetic technologies, theories, and resources
  • Coordinate all aspects of the prenatal genetic consultation for individuals and families when there is a family history of or increased risk for birth defects or genetic conditions/coordinate genetic evaluation of neonates with birth defects or features suggestive of a genetic condition from initial referral through doctor and/or patient follow-up
      • Obtain, interpret and review pertinent medical and laboratory records and genetic information from a variety of sources prior to patient visit
      • Explain the genetic counseling process; elicit patient expectations, perceptions and knowledge; and establish rapport through verbal and non-verbal interaction
      • Assess and provide appropriate support for psychosocial issues including risk perception, support/coping mechanisms, interpersonal relationships, decision making processes and patient/family anxiety, stress or fear
      • Construct a completed pedigree and perform comprehensive assessment of health history and pedigree analysis for genetic and/or teratogenic risk, structuring questions for the individual case and probable diagnosis
      • Provide counseling regarding case management and genetic evaluation procedures; aid the genetic evaluation process
      • Provide accurate, appropriate and effective counseling and education regarding natural history, etiology, clinical features, inheritance patterns, treatment/care options and risk for occurrence/recurrence of a condition or birth defect; calculate risks based on pedigree analysis, inheritance patterns, epidemiological data and quantitative genetics principles
      • Discuss benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic screening and testing options, including associated technical, medical and psychosocial aspects, and facilitate the decision-making process in an unbiased, non-coercive manner; discuss reproductive options
      • Assess client understanding of and response to information and its implications to modify a counseling session as needed
      • Complete laboratory requisitions/online test ordering to coordinate diagnostic and screening tests through appropriate laboratories; ensure correct testing is ordered
      • Interpret and communicate genetic test results to patients and referring providers
      • Identify and evaluate patient support/education resources; provide supportive counseling and information about appropriate resources
      • Locate appropriate medical specialists for continuing patient care and coordinate follow-up referrals
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of formal and informal educational programs to referring providers and the community
      • Identify learning objectives appropriate for intended audience and in concordance with educational goals
      • Design and implement presentations tailored appropriately to a given audience
      • Evaluate impact and comprehension of presented material
      • Serve as a resource for questions, concerns, comments and suggestions from providers and community
  • Market services provided by clinical staff to maintain the current patient population and to increase referrals
      • Contribute community to the quality and development of clinical services

Qualifications:
EDUCATION:
  • A Master's Degree in genetic counseling or related field is required

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION:
  • Certified or board eligible for certification as a Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics is required
  • An American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required


EXPERIENCE:
  • A minimum of 1 year experience in genetic counseling is required

A little about us:
HCA is the nation’s leading private provider of healthcare services. Comprised of locally managed facilities which include 230,000 employees at over 160 hospitals, over 120 surgery centers and 100 urgent care facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom

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