Fulltime opening for a Genetic Counselor - Winston Salem, NC
Consider becoming a member of our team which currently includes 4 genetic counselors, two clinical medical geneticists, three lab directors (molecular genetics and cytogenetics), and several support staff members located at the main hospital campus, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston Salem, NC.
In a rotational manner with the four other genetic counselors, this full time position includes job duties within clinical medical genetics, lab genetic counseling and maternal serum screening. Under general supervision, primarily provide pediatric and adult genetic counseling, with limited prenatal, cancer and teratogen counseling services; co-coordinate the maternal serum screening program; co-manage lab genetic counselor duties related to send out genetic testing; and provide teaching to genetic counseling students and various other students within and outside the hospital system. Participate in management and coordination of clinical research studies when available and if applicable.
1. Clinical Medical Genetics - Work with two geneticists to evaluate and care for patients and families presenting to Genetic clinic. Provide comprehensive information, diagnostic services and interpretation of clinical/laboratory findings, and psychosocial counseling in the following settings:
*Pediatrics -evaluate children, investigate family history and diagnostic testing options, and interpret and report results to family.
*Adults - provide testing options and counseling to adults and their families with a genetic diagnosis or a family history of a genetic condition.
2. Genetic Counseling Only visits - Autonomous opportunity to care for patients and families who already have a genetic diagnosis.
3. Maternal Serum Screening Program - Roles include (1) coordinate and ensure accuracy of the interpretation of laboratory reports for physicians and patients; maintain quality control measures and statistics for the large screening program and/or (2) provide translation of complex medical information into language that is understandable by patients and families while providing additional options, support and counseling.
4. Lab Genetic Counselor - Includes education to improve the use of genetic lab tests with the goal of enhancing patient outcomes, reducing order errors and inappropriate genetic tests, and decreasing unnecessary costs. Requires collaboration with clinicians, utilization management team members and clinical labs.
Master's degree in Human Genetics, Medical Genetics, or Genetic Counseling from an accredited Genetic Counseling Program
ABGC or ACMG certification or ABGC eligibility for certification
An applicant should fulfill the expectations for a genetic counselor as outlined by the ABGC. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and a flexible attitude are important.
Previous experience is not necessary as graduating students are welcome to apply.
Wake Forest Baptist Health is an EOE with excellent benefits. Salary is dependent on expertise and experience. For more information, please contact: Margaret "Peggy" Berry, MS, CGC or Patrick Koty, Ph.D. at 336.713.7530
About Wake Forest Baptist Health/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist Health is a pre-eminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest Baptist’s two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery.