Supports, and is responsible for incorporating into job performance, the Frederick Health (FH) mission, vision, core values and customer service philosophy and adheres to the FH Compliance Program, including following all regulatory requirements and the FH Standards of Behavior.
Provides genetic counseling services for the PM and G program to include assessment of patients at high risk for hereditary conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurology, pharmacogenomics and others. Responsibilities include pedigree analysis, assessment for genetic testing, counseling related the purpose of testing, potential outcomes of testing and follow up recommendations for patient and family post testing.
The Genetic Counselor will order the appropriate genetic test and provide interpretation of the test. The Genetic Counselor will work in collaboration with health care providers within the healthcare system to assist in evaluating for genetic conditions and will provide comprehensive genetic counseling and provide the healthcare provider with recommendations for follow up for patients and families. The Genetic Counselor will provide referring physicians and patients with a written summary of the consultation. The consultation may include referrals to specialists to follow the patient for a genetic condition. The Genetic Counselor will participate in all aspects of the department including patient care, research, community education and outreach.
The Genetic Counselor works as an integral part of the healthcare team. The Genetic Counselor will communicate with physicians, navigators, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals regarding the nature of the genetic condition, appropriate follow up and testing for patient and family as well as identifying resources for providing comprehensive care for the genetic condition. The Genetic Counselor will work under the direction and report to the Clinical Director of PM and G. The genetic counselor will assist director in programmatic evaluation, and provide input for expansion and growth of the PM and G program. The Genetic Counselor will attend tumor boards and may serve on appropriate hospital committees.
Example of Essential Functions:
Reviews pertinent medical records and prepares for clinic visits.
Completes a medical history and family pedigree and interprets the data to identify appropriate testing for hereditary conditions.
Provides comprehensive pre and posttest genetic counseling for the hereditary condition.
Analyzes inheritance patterns for the said condition and counsels patients and families appropriately. This will include assisting the patient to understand options and reach informed decisions appropriate to their specific situation and needs.
Counseling will include information regarding the genetic diagnosis, inheritance patterns, follow up recommendations and referral to appropriate specialists as indicated.
Completes genetic counseling summaries for referring providers and patients.
Assesses patient’s physical, emotional and financial needs to plan for appropriate care.
Provides supportive counseling, follow up and referrals to community resources when appropriate.
Participates in the development and expansion of the PM and G program.
Participates in education for healthcare providers and the public.
Assists with marketing and community outreach projects.
Participates in accreditation activities, committees and conferences.
Assists with implementation of practice and program standards based on professional guidelines.
Participates in or leads support groups.
Keeps current with the developments and advancement of genetics and precision medicine to ensure that standard of practice are up to date and meet best practices.
Maintains accurate and confidential patient records, data and statistics.
Participates in expansion and conduct of genetic and precision medicine clinical trials.
Contributes to the efficient operation of the PM and G program.
Required Minimum Education Training and Experience
Master’s degree in genetic counseling with certification as a Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counselors or the American Board of Medical Genetics or Advanced Practice Nurse/Physician’s Assistant with Board Certification in Genetics. One year of related work experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities. Experience in clinical research preferred.
Required Job Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of disease process, anatomy and physiology, genetic conditions and patterns of inheritance.
Knowledge of related practice standards and regulatory requirements.
Knowledge of evaluation, counseling, psychosocial needs of patients and families as it relates to hereditary conditions.
Ability to express concepts and convey complex information in written and verbal communication to patients, families and healthcare providers.
Ability to deliver effective individual and group presentations.
Ability to identify and access resources, support groups, and services to assist the patient along the continuum of care.
Ability to interpret medical history and assess risk factors as it relates to genetic conditions.
Ability to document, maintain accurate records and data.
Ability to develop and customize educational material related to genetic conditions for a diverse population.
Ability to keep abreast of current knowledge, trends, and regulatory requirements designated within the scope of responsibility.
Maintains required licensure and certification.
Ability to use office equipment, automated systems, electronic medical records and software.
Proficiency in all Microsoft applications.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships as required by the responsibilities of the position.
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About Frederick Health
Frederick, Maryland is located less than 1-hour from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. This D.C. suburb is a family-oriented community that has highly ranked public and private schools. Frederick offers both urban and suburban living as well as easy access to mountains, numerous historical sites, and major international airports.
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