Genetic Counselor

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Genetic Counselor Job Description

 

Job Title: Genetic Counselor

 

Job Summary:

As a genetic counselor, you will be responsible for providing information and support to individuals and families who have or are at risk of genetic disorders or birth defects. Your duties will include assessing patients' genetic risks, interpreting genetic test results, and providing counseling and education on the implications of genetic conditions. You will also be responsible for coordinating genetic testing and collaborating with healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive appropriate care.

 

Responsibilities:

- Assess patients' genetic risks based on their personal and family medical history, and provide counseling and education on the implications of genetic conditions.

- Interpret genetic test results and communicate the results to patients and their healthcare providers.

- Develop and implement individualized plans of care based on patients' genetic risks, needs, and preferences.

- Provide support and counseling to patients and families as they make decisions about genetic testing, treatment, and family planning.

- Coordinate genetic testing and follow-up care, and collaborate with healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive appropriate care.

- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of patients' medical history, genetic testing, and counseling sessions.

- Stay up-to-date with new research and advances in genetic testing and counseling, and participate in continuing education and professional development activities.

 

Requirements:

- Master's degree in genetic counseling from an accredited program.

- Board certification or eligibility for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

- Knowledge of genetic testing, counseling, and medical ethics.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to assess patients' genetic risks and provide counseling and education on the implications of genetic conditions.

- Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records.

- Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with other healthcare professionals.

- Commitment to patient confidentiality and privacy.

- Willingness to work flexible hours and adjust to changes in patient needs and staffing requirements.

- Experience working in a genetics clinic or other healthcare setting, preferably as a genetic counselor.