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ur Maternal and Infant Care Clinic has an outstanding opportunity available for a part-time, temporary/hourly, GENETICS COUNSELOR 1 to provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal setting. Under general direction, analyze and interpret family and personal health histories, prenatal ultrasound, maternal serum screening, and other genetic test results. Assess individual and/or reproductive risk and counsel clients with complex genetics problems such as abnormal ultrasound findings, abnormal maternal serum screen results, consanguinity, teratogen exposure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and/or family history of hereditary and chromosome abnormalities. Provide clinical care and/or instruction in genetics and genetic counseling.
Provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal setting
Assist medical geneticist on behalf of the patient in identifying a list of possible disorders that could adversely affect a fetus and determine patient management needs including further testing, treatment or medical procedures
Discuss prognosis and management options with patient and primary caregiver and develop patient management plan
Compile complete family history; obtain and review medical records; assess risk of genetic disease and provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or families
Based on family medical history, records, testing, discuss with patients and their families the risks involved in pregnancy and options for further testing and/or treatment to pursue ; explain disease signs and symptoms, probability of recurrence, prognosis, diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and available options including further testing, treatment or pregnancy termination
Identify which test to perform to address the specific condition or disorder evident in the medical history
Recommend genetic testing for patients and partners. May recommend specialized genetic testing for rare syndromes and metabolic disorders for patients and their partners who are either pregnant or considering having children and who have conditions or medical histories that could adversely affect a pregnancy
Coordinate ordering of test i.e. blood screen, placenta testing, etc. and disclosure of results; identify additional family members to be tested for potential carrier genes
Coordinate the handling and shipping of human samples for specialized genetic testing with outside laboratories
Provide follow-up patient care
Provide written documentation of clinic visit to referring providers;
Work as part of a team with perinatology, radiology, neonatology, social services, clergy, health providers and other appropriate resources. Make appropriate referrals as necessary
Assess possible ethical concerns
Perform other duties as required
A Master's Degree in genetics counseling or a related field from a program accredited by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel
One year of professional genetic counseling experience, or equivalent (student internship acceptable).
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