UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.
The Division of Medical Genetics and University of Washington Medical Center are centers of clinical and academic excellence. The Medical Genetics Clinic at the University Of Washington Medical Center is one of the premiere clinical genetics programs in the United States with a 50-year history of providing leading edge clinical genetic care and genetic counseling. The focus is in adult genetics with specialty focus in cancer genetics, cardiogenetics, neurogenetics and muscular dystrophies, inherited connective tissue disorders, inherited skin disorders, and sex chromosome disorders. The programs integrates services with other UWMC affiliates including Seattle Children’s, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Harborview Medical Center, and the Regional Genetics Programs in Washington State and Alaska.
The UWMC has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, GENETICS COUNSELOR 2. The individual in this position will compile and evaluate the family history and genetic test results, provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families.
Under general supervision, assesses and counsel clients with complex genetics problems. Participate in the development of educational programs; Instruct medical staff, students and others regarding program services. Provides specialty consultation to other health care staff including community physicians and other primary care providers; Recommends specialized genetic testing; Performs the duties of Genetics Counselor 1;
The genetic counselor under general direction will compile family histories and review genetic test results, conduct patient education regarding complex genetic disorders (with a focus on familial cancer, cardiogenetics, neurogenetics, muscular dystrophies, inherited skin disorders, and inherited connective tissue disorders). Refer complex cases to senior genetic counselor or medical geneticist.
Compile complete family history; obtain and review medical records;
Recommend specialized genetic tests; identify additional family members to be tested;
Assist medical geneticist in identifying differential diagnosis and determining patient management needs;
Discuss prognosis and management options with supervising genetic counselor or medical geneticist;
Educate patients regarding their risks/options and test results;
Provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or families;
Provide follow-up patient care;
Coordinate patient services with social services, clergy, health care providers and other resources based upon evaluation of individual patient needs;
Coordinate the handling and shipping of samples for specialized genetic testing in other locations;
Assist with patient intakes, scheduling and answering general questions.
Perform the duties of Genetics Counselor 1;
Perform related duties as required.
REQUIREMENTS A Master's Degree in genetics counseling or a related field from a program accredited by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel AND One year of experience as a Genetics Counselor 1.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Accreditation Requirement: Certification by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel as a Genetics Counselor.
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