The Genetic Counselor will provide clinical cancer genetic counseling at AAMC. The counselor will provide patients with information regarding hereditary cancer syndromes and explain available screening and diagnostic testing options including benefits and limitations for patients and family members. The counselor is responsible for providing a genetic risk assessment by evaluating and explaining the genetic risk of hereditary disease occurring or recurring in patients' family based on research of genetic and medical record information and data gathered from the patients' family health history. The counselor will help patients fully understand their family history and come to terms with the risks. Provide patient/family with understanding of implication of results including changes in medical management, and provide psychosocial support and counseling as relates to genetic testing.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Prepares case history including obtaining and reviewing patient records, researching pertinent topics related to personal/family history. Identifies patients' goals, questions, and concerns and establishes relationship with patient. Elicits and interprets medical/family history and constructs a pedigree. Provides genetic risk assessment by calculating and explaining genetic risk based on available genetic and medical information.
Explains basic genetic concept and modes of inheritance to patients. Provides patients with information regarding hereditary cancer syndromes. Discusses screening and medical management for patients and family members. Explains available screening and diagnostic testing options including benefits and limitations.
Coordinates patient care as relates to genetic testing. Provides psychosocial support and counseling as relates to genetic testing and refers to Oncology counselor as necessary.
Prepares summary of clinic visit for medical record and enters into EMR.
Discloses genetic test results and provides patient/family with understanding of implications of results including changes in medical management.
Provides consultation to physicians, nurses, and other providers regarding genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes.
Presents cases at weekly tumor conferences.
Prepares letters to referring physicians and providers keeping them informed of the genetic profile of their patients.
Maintains a database of patients and family members and prepare data for presentation at Quality meetings. Publishes outcomes of the genetics program as requested.
Develops survivorship guidelines with the survivorship team for long term follow-up.
Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited program. Two years of experience in cancer genetic counseling preferred.
Must obtain ABGC or ABMG certification in genetic counseling within 180 days of employment. Must maintain certification during employment.
Working Conditions, Equipment, Physical Demands:
There is a reasonable expectation that employees in this position will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Physical Demands -
Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of this position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed necessary.