Job Details

Genetic Counselor (Research)

Job Number: 525671
Categories: Allied Health Professionals
Dallas, TX

Department: Simmons Cncr Ctr Gntcs
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information


Salary Negotiable 

Experience and Education

Master's degree from board accredited program in genetics, and certification or eligible for certification as Genetic Counselor by American Board of Medical Genetics or American Board of Genetic Counseling. 

Job Duties

Educates patients and families concerned about their conditions, possible risks of cancer and other diseases, and how to best manage problems.     
Obtains and examines personal and family medical histories to determine likelihood of genetic problems; requests and reviews medical records; constructs family histories in computer drawn pedigree form; interprets data for genetic risks to patient and other family members.   
Assists patients and families in reaching decisions about genetic disorders that do not conflict with their religious or ethical values; assists patients and/or their families to understand genetic predisposition disease, including options and limitations of prevention strategies; counsels patients on potential adverse affects of positive gene test; discusses limitations of negative gene test(s). 
Establishes patient referrals to appropriate individuals or clinics for genetic screening as required.      
Arranges for appropriate genetic testing, including contacting laboratory, arranging sample collection, transporting of samples, and receiving results.     
Conducts research on various genetic disorder studies with complete responsibility for initiating, locating, contacting/recruiting, and updating demographic and family medical history.     
Prepares written summaries of encounters/studies with patients and family members; proofs and files research records and/or medical records as appropriate.     
Reviews all cases encountered with principal investigator or physician.      
Provides longitudinal follow-up with patients who have previously undergone testing; provides written summaries to patients as appropriate.     
Performs other duties as assigned.       

**Other Duties:  Performs other duties as assigned. 

The Research Genetic Counselor will be involved in several activities in addition to the Genetic Counseling including educational, research and administrative responsibilities:
* Act as a leader to other staff in research setting.
* Provide leadership/supervision to administrative staff to ensure their duties are completed in a timely, rigorous and competent manner.
* Serve on university or hospital committees as a representative of cancer genetics (i.e. Institutional Review board etc.).
* Develop and assist with implementation of new clinic procedures and protocols to ensure highest quality of patient care.
* May direct or co-direct a course for genetic counseling students, medical genetics fellows, residents, and medical students.
* Develop research ideas into projects and write research grants and proposals as a principal investigator or co-investigator.
* Participate in Program Development, Coordination, and Administration of Genetic Counselor activities by establishing and maintaining liaisons with other genetic professionals, researchers, laboratories, or services working in genetics (eg ambry, myriad etc), promoting program research etc.
* Identify funding sources for new programs. Summarize and present program evaluation/outcomes.
* Perform other related duties to research in the cancer genetics program.

Required Qualifications at this Level:
Education/Training: Master's degree or Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics or Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accredited training program and ABGC or ABMG board certified.

Smart, knows how to work hard, patient, creative and has a gut love of the science and clinic. The intent of this job is to facilitate research by all of the members of the team.  Therefore the individual should also be skilled as a flexible, inspirational and attractive colleague for others to work with.

To the extent provided by applicable law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas System or any of its component institutions, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.


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