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Genetic Counselor
Ref No.: 18-00384
Category: Biotechnology
Location: Kalispell, Montana
Job Objective:

Provides genetic counseling to individuals and families at risk for hereditary disorders. Primary focus will be oncology with opportunity to grow genetic counseling to other specialties as warranted. This position includes obtaining family histories, educating on hereditary risks, assisting patients in understanding complex information about screening and testing options, and providing balanced and supportive counseling in the event of a genetic diagnosis or birth defects. Also, includes triaging care for further clinical consultation with state medical genetics program.
Responsibilities
  1. *Patiently and thoroughly documents patient and family assessment, history, diagnosis, treatment and transition care plan, and progress, in the medical record. Spends time evaluating the data and work in a scientific–based role where the information gathered, is taken and applied to their evaluation of what the family history means for each individual.
  2. *Educates physicians, health professionals and the community and ensures appropriate patient referral, care and coordination of genetic testing.
  3. *Assesses reoccurrence risks and recommends medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit, and cost. Reviews implications with the patient and provides crisis intervention regarding unexpected genetic conditions.
  4. *Educate families about potential health risks. This includes translating complex genetic information into understandable terms for patients and family members.
  5. *Interprets laboratory results and communicates findings to patients or physicians.
  6. *Assists families with understanding genetic testing options and the implications of undergoing genetic testing, as well as address psychosocial and ethical issues associated with a genetic disorder or genetic test result. Assists patients to make informed decisions in a supportive and no-directive environment.
  7. *Complies with the legal and regulatory laws, reporting and practice standards within their scope of practice.
  8. *Evaluates and/or make recommends standards of care or clinical operations, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, ethics, legislation, or policies.
  9. *Composes detailed consultation reports to provide information on complex genetic concepts to patients or referring physicians.

Qualifications
  1. Master's degree in Genetic Counseling required.
  2. ABGC board certified/board eligible.
  3. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in the field or in a related area.
  4. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within field.
  5. Demonstrated ability to synthesize and apply a broad range of psychosocial knowledge and practice interventions with a high degree of autonomy, collaboration, and skill.
  6. Must skillfully interact and intervene with patients of all ages and degrees of disability, families, physicians, other health care providers and the community.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required