Genetic Counselor - The Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development
Categories: Allied Health Professionals
Department: McDermott Cntr Human Gwth Dev
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
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.
- 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.
- The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary clinical setting and participate in cutting edge translational research; provide genetic counseling for adult patients in a clinical diagnostic setting, as well as screen, consent, recruit and gather patient/family data for research and follow-up.
- In partnership with two M.D. geneticists, you will have the opportunity to provide genetic counseling for individuals with, or at risk for, Huntington's disease, cardiac conditions, neurogenetic conditions, connective tissue disorders, and many other genetic diseases often first noted in adulthood.
- Candidates interested in full time, part time, or PRN will be considered.
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