Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a motivated Genetic Counselor for the OB/GYN Department at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The Genetic Counselor provides clinical Pediatric and Perinatal genetic counseling services, under physician supervision when needed, for families and/or pregnancies at risk or suspected of having a genetic condition.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Constructs and analyzes a patient's family history including genetic disease/birth defects and all relevant medical information in addition to addressing the reason for referral.
Provides detailed assessment of patient's pregnancy history including any exposures that may affect the fetus.
Assists the MFM Physician or Clinical Geneticist as an integral component of the medical genetics team in providing genetic services for pediatric and adult patients.
Assesses and interprets the risk for occurrence/recurrence of genetic conditions in the family and discusses such information with the MFM Physician or Clinical Geneticist and/or patient.
Counsels patients on the nature of the condition(s) in question, including the contribution of heredity, after discussion with the MFM Physician or Clinical Geneticist.
Discusses with patients the options available for addressing genetic risks, including availability of carrier and prenatal diagnostic testing after case discussion with the MFM Physician or Clinical Geneticist.
Counsels patients regarding the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing, as well as, its implications for reproductive choices.
Provides critical genetic information to patients in a non-directive, empathic, culturally sensitive and educationally appropriate manner, thus empowering patients with the ability to make autonomous reproductive decisions.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Masters' Degree in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling or its equivalent required within six (6) months of hire.
Documentation of training in genetic counseling techniques and experience in genetic counseling at a site accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics (AMBG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (AMGC).
Familiarity with the medical and research community in genetics as well as appropriate community resources pertaining to genetic family studies and new technologies in diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders is highly desirable.
Preference will be given to applicants who are board certified or eligible for board certification.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to lift or exert up to 25 lbs.
Posting Number: 20ST2037
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 122214
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.