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. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Northwest Hospital & Medical Center (NWH), Valley Medical Center (VMC), UW Medical Center (UWMC), a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC) that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's. UW Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, GENETICS COUNSELOR 2. This person will provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal setting. Work with patients of the Maternal and Infant Health Clinic to analyze and interpret family and personal health histories, prenatal ultrasound, maternal serum screening, and other genetic test results. Assess individual and/or reproductive risk and counsel clients with complex genetics problems such as abnormal ultrasound findings, abnormal maternal serum screen results, consanguinity, teratogen exposure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and/or family history of hereditary and chromosome abnormalities. Provide clinical care and/or instruction in genetics and genetic counseling. 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. Educational programs include 1)Weekly rotation of OB residents with genetic counselors, 2)Month-long mentorships with Genetic Medicine residents. 3) Quarterly lectures by Genetic Counselors to OB residents and 4)Requested grand rounds with residents at NW Hospital, UWMC and HMC. Also, participate in developing procedures to more effectively collect and access patient demographic and genetic information. Coordinate elements of research studies and projects; the Genetic Counselor provides the role of Research Assistant writing abstracts for studies, identifying patients to participate, interviewing and consenting patients and providing data collection.RESPONSIBILITIES:Provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal settingAssist medical geneticist on behalf of the patient in identifying a list of possible disorders that could adversely affect a fetus and determine patient management needs including further testing, treatment or medical proceduresDiscuss prognosis and management options with patient and primary caregiver and develop patient management planCompile complete family history; obtain and review medical records; assess risk of genetic disease and provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or familiesBased on family medical history, records, testing, discuss with patients and their families the risks involved in pregnancy and options for further testing and/or treatment to pursue ; explain disease signs and symptoms, probability of recurrence, prognosis, diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and available options including further testing, treatment or pregnancy terminationIdentify which test to perform to address the specific condition or disorder evident in the medical historyRecommend genetic testing for patients and partners. May recommend specialized genetic testing for rare syndromes and metabolic disorders for patients and their partners who are either pregnant or considering having children and who have conditions or medical histories that could adversely affect a pregnancyCoordinate ordering of test i.e. blood screen, placenta testing, etc. and disclosure of results; identify additional family members to be tested for potential carrier genesCoordinate the handling and shipping of human samples for specialized genetic testing with outside laboratoriesProvide follow-up patient careProvide written documentation of clinic visit to referring providers; Work as part of a team with perinatology, radiology, neonatology, social services, clergy, health providers and other appropriate resources. Make appropriate referrals as necessaryAssess possible ethical concernsPerform other duties as requiredThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.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:Certification by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel as a Genetics Counselor.
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