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TITLE:Genetic Counselor, Maternal Fetal Medicine
OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for providing prenatal genetic counseling services for patients with a variety of indications. The position involves counseling patients regarding genetic risks to pregnancy due to family history, age, ultrasound findings and other abnormal screening results. Explaining benefits, risks and limitations of various prenatal testing and screening options. Documenting and ordering through an Electronic Medical Record. Communicating and coordinating care with the MFM staff, referring providers and other specialists in the community as needed.
AREA OF ASSIGNMENT: Maternal Fetal Medicine
HOURS OF WORK: Monday – Friday 1.0 FTE (Part Time negotiable)
RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager, Maternal Fetal Medicine
UNIQUE PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS, ENVIRONMENT, AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Requires working as part of a team at the direction of the Director or Manager, and perinatologist to ensure efficient operation. Requires handling, lifting and transferring patients and equipment, standing, sitting, walking swiftly, reaching overhead, pulling, and bending. Requires the ability to effectively communicate with other staff, physicians, and patients. Requires working under changing conditions. Includes the potential for exposure to body fluids and other conditions common to hospitals. Requires skills in answering the phone, and word processing/writing skills.
A. Generic Job Functions:See Generic Job Description for Clinical Support Partner.
Unique Job Functions:
Review family history and explain hereditary risks.
Counsel regarding pregnancy risk including age, screening results, and other risk factors
Explain prenatal diagnosis procedures, benefits, risk and limitations.
Assist perinatologist with prenatal diagnosis procedures as needed.
Provide consultation regarding risks of drugs and medications and other potential teratogens.
Coordinate genetic testing with other centers and labs as necessary,
Provide follow up to referring physicians and patients regarding test results, summaries of consultation sessions and appropriate recommendations
Act as resource for physicians who have questions about the indications for various prenatal diagnoses.
Provide community education about genetic counselors and related information.
10. Engage and participate in departmental research or projects as appropriate.
12. Work as a team member with perinatologists, nurses, social workers, physicians and office staff.
13. Work within budget restraints.
14. Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree from an accredited genetic counseling training program.
ABGC board certified or ABGC active candidate.
WA state genetic counselor licensure required following ABGC board certification; maintenance of professional certification, credentials and licensure required.
Previous experience in prenatal genetic counseling preferred.
Ability to counsel patients about a variety of pregnancyrelated genetic risks.
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting
Flexibility, adaptability and the balance to keep organized and positive in a climate of constant change.
Demonstrates professionalism and effective interpersonal skills in a diverse population.
Demonstrates the ability to maintain a positive team concept.
Demonstrates the ability to communicate and work effectively with the physical and emotional development of all age groups.
Able to set priorities, work accurately, and organize work efficiently.
Able to communicate effectively in oral and written form in English.
Neat and well groomed in appearance.
Internal Number: 2020-0980
Valley Medical Center, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider between Seattle and Tacoma, is Genetic Counselors.
At Valley Medical Center, we witness the remarkable power of life in everything we do. It’s humbling, it’s inspiring, and serves as a constant reminder of why we are here—to care for people.