Genetic Counselor I

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 01-Dec-23

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 72817BR

Job Summary
We are seeking a Genetic Counselor to join the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard Medical School). This position is within an active and expanding Genetics and Metabolism Program that provides diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services and research activities, with a volume of over 6,000 clinical outpatients and 700 inpatients per year. Our genetic counselors collaborate with our partners across BCH and affiliated hospitals on Clinical Genomics and Quality Improvement initiatives as well as implementation of clinical and research programs. The Division has a rapidly growing Clinical Trials that has doubled in size over the past year, and can provide further opportunities for working with Principal Investigators on these research studies.
This Genetic Counselor I will be responsible for:
  • Provides genetic counseling to individuals and families at risk for specific hereditary disorders. Interprets family history, clinical and genetic findings to predict risk to patient. Obtains and reviews medical, developmental, and family history information as part of diagnostic team. Ascertains needs and agendas of patients/ families.
  • Responds to inquiries related to diagnostic evaluations, hereditary risks, genetic testing, and pregnancy exposures. Participates in communication process and educating families. Provides documentation of evaluation for families, referring physicians, medical record.
  • Oversees and coordinates daily operations of assigned research study(s). Acts as liaison between principal investigator, study staff, and project collaborators. Contributes to the development of research protocols and/or consent forms as required for review by the Institutional Review Board. Assists in preparing applications for research funding.
  • Responds to inquiries related to research eligibility and procedures, diagnostic evaluations, hereditary risks, and genetic testing within scope of research project.
  • Identifies, contacts, and screens potential participants/families for eligibility of participation in research studies. Obtains informed consent for study participation from eligible individuals/families.
  • Collects and interprets family/medical history, clinical and genetic findings for research studies.
  • Monitors and reviews data/sample collection, computer entry, and related activities to ensure compliance and consistency of application.
  • Develops and participates in genetics education programs for physicians, other health professionals, and lay populations. Trains, supervises, and evaluates graduate-level counseling students.
  • Collaborates in developing written documents and web-based materials for a variety of purposes including journal publications and conference presentations.
  • Visit documentation, along with follow up on all genetic testing ordered, as well as patient and family follow-up.
  • Active participation in walk rounds, genetic case conference and other educational activities is a must.
  • Developing and participating in genetics education programs for physicians, other health professionals and lay populations. Training, supervising, and evaluating graduate level counseling students.
  • Collaborating in developing written documents and web-based materials for a variety of purposes including journal publications and conference presentations.
In order to qualify, you must have:
  • Current Massachusetts license as a Genetic Counselor
  • Current Genetic Counselor certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling or from the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling
  • Good communication skills
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • The analytical skills to resolve highly complex problems requiring the application of clinical, scientific, or technical principles, theories, and concepts and in-depth, cross-functional experience-based knowledge.
  • Well-developed writing skills.

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