The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine and pathology. The department now employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty.
Our LABORATORY MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT has an outstanding fixed, duration, Project Appointment-Overtime Exempt, full-time, day shift position for a Research Genetic Counselor.
RESPONSIBILITES Client Relations
Provide information, technical assistance and guidance on test availability, composition, selection, and interpretation
Participate in laboratory’s program for analyzing variants of uncertain significance.
Coordinate indicated follow-up testing of at-risk family members
Assist with the resolution of next-generation sequencing testing issues, such as inadequate specimens, questions regarding variants, and research enrollment
Attend national meetings as representative of UW Lab Medicine
Maintain and update patient and provider materials and webpages
Review next-generation sequencing test orders for urgency and accuracy
Obtain relevant patient clinical history for case review and interpretation
Compose reports with laboratory medical directors and genetic counselors
Review reports before release into laboratory information system and EMR
Participate in scientific and quality-assurance studies and research related to the laboratory's services
Administrative and quality improvement operations
Participate in development and implementation of new or improved clinical test services based on next-generation sequencing
Participate in ongoing literature review to incorporate latest knowledge into the clinical classification of genes and gene variants
Provide clinical support to billing department, including case review documentation of medical necessity, as part of the pre-authorization process
Support research testing grants and contracts related to the laboratory
Assist with review, maintenance, and update of billing codes
Help develop and implement improvements in electronic reporting of test results
Master’s degree in Genetics field
Minimum 2-3 years clinical or research experience in genetics
Board eligibility or certification by American Board of Genetic Counseling
Licensed or eligibility for license as Genetic Counselor in Washington State
Clinical cancer genetics experience desirable
Experience with next-generation sequencing-based testing desirable
Specific knowledge of the ColoSeq™ Lynch and Polyposis and BROCA tests
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.