Genetic Counselor, Day Shift - Genomic Testing Lab

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Day - 08 Hour (United States of America)

The Genetic Counselors provide professional genetic counseling, education, and emotional support to patients and/or families, particularly those who have a familial history of birth defects or genetic disorders, or who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions to help them understand and adapt to the medical, psychosocial, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Genetic Counselors are responsible for analyzing and interpreting family medical histories and genetic test results to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence; facilitating the understanding of a genetic diagnosis; providing education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources, and research; making referrals for social services for families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders, or who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions; and counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition. Genetic Counselors also provide teaching and consultative services to other professionals and health care students.

What you will do
  • Assists families to understand alternatives for dealing with risk of genetic disorders, choose the course of
    action they deem appropriate and act in accordance with that decision, and make the best possible
    adjustment to the disorder in an affected family member and/or to the risk of recurrence of that disorder.
  • Counsels patients regarding the significance of genetic disorders, inheritance patterns, recurrence risks for
    birth defects and genetic disorders, and management of a given diagnosis. Conveys complex genetic
    information, test results, and address the emotional impact of such information to patients and families, both
    in person and by telephone, using understandable terminology and knowledge of genetic and psychosocial
  • Determines current knowledge regarding specific diagnoses, including modalities of testing, treatment
    options, and genetic basis. Recommends specialized genetic testing.
  • Educates patients regarding their risks/options; explains disease signs and symptoms, probability of
    recurrence, prognosis, diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and available options.
  • Ensures that patients and/or family understand implications, risks and benefits of genetic testing, should
    testing be indicated. Coordinates genetic testing, interprets the results, and communicates this information to
    the patient and referring clinician.
  • Maintains case documentation and prepares detailed genetic counseling summary letters for referring
  • Makes appropriate referrals to social service agencies, parent support groups, and other specialists.
  • Obtains detailed family and pregnancy histories to identify potential risk factors and inheritance patterns;
    obtains and analyzes all pertinent medical records; reviews medical genetics literature to develop a clinically
    appropriate counseling plan; and obtains and documents informed consent for procedures and tests.
  • Provides specialty consultation and education to other health care professionals, health sciences students,
    and others staff on genetic diseases, birth defects, prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening. Responds to
    genetic inquiries from other hospital departments and clinics.
  • Reviews referrals and prioritizes cases for genetic counseling with an individual or couple concerning their
    risk of having a baby born with a birth defect or genetic disease based on factors such as maternal age,
    family history, stage of pregnancy and likelihood of genetic disorder recurrence.
  • Works with health care team in development and implementation of the care plan.

Education Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university.

Experience Qualifications
  • None required

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience as a laboratory genetic counselor is preferred, but not required.
  • Previous experience in variant interpretation and reporting is preferred, but not required.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written), attention to detail, problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to critically read and interpret scientific literature.
  • Ability to synthesize and present complex information in brief but clear manner.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to develop a clinically appropriate genetic counseling plan
  • Ability to ensure that all recommended testing ordered is completed and that patients have been appropriately informed of the results
  • Ability to present relevant genetic information to individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds in an informed, compassionate manner and to help families obtain the medical and social services they may need
  • Ability to provide genetic, medical, and technical information in a comprehensive, understandable, nondirective manner to patients and families
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply genetic counseling methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of genetic diseases and disorders, birth defects, risks/options, and prenatal diagnosis screening tools

Licenses and Certifications
  • CGCL - CA Genetic Counselor License

These principles apply to ALL employees:

SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family's perspective:

  • Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care
  • Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health
  • Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.