Persons in this position are responsible for providing genetic counseling and case management for patients/families to facilitate understanding of disease or birth defect, explain diagnosis and implication to families, including recurrence risks, prognosis of condition, and reproductive options. A genetic counselor serves as the primary contact for families, department physicians, state newborn screening program staff and outside physicians seeking care for their patients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Clinic- Obtain medical/family history, conduct psychosocial assessment, provide relevant genetic counseling, present salient information to physician, coordinate testing, complete electronic charting
- Case Management- report and interpret test results with families and referring physicians, care coordination, prescription refills, communication with schools, therapists, external & internal physicians
- Consultation- Field phone calls from and provide assessment and guidance for The Texas State Department of Health Newborn Screening Program, external & internal physicians, unestablished patients
- Chart Prep- Obtaining and reviewing medical records, consultation with families and referring providers prior to appointment, literature review
- Graduate or professional work or advanced degree; or equivalent experience required
Licenses & certifications
- American Board of Genetic Counselors certification - within 2 years of hire date
- Minimum 1-2 years of job related experience preferred
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
- Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.
- Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
- Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
- Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
- Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
- Light - Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly and may require walking or standing to a significant degree.