The Genetic Counselor II will be responsible to provide genetic counseling services to patients through CNMC on site or at designated outreach centers. Obtain medical and family histories, review pertinent medical records, counsel families regarding underlying diagnosis/medical findings including natural history and inheritance pattern (if applicable), and writr counseling letters when indicated. Involvement in student supervision, as well as promotion of genetic disease awareness. Responsibilities also include the triage of questions received from administrative staff, outside hospitals, and other physicians. Master's degree from an ABGC/ACGC accredited genetic counseling training program. Board certified. Minimum 4 years experience working as a genetic counselor.
Minimum Education Master's Degree ABGC/ACGC accredited genetic counseling training program (Required)
Minimum Work Experience 4 years Practicing genetic counselor (Required) 2 years Experience in student supervision (Preferred)
Required Skills/Knowledge Excellent communication and organizational skills. Foster student trainee growth.
Required Licenses and Certifications Licensure & Certification Board certified. (Required)
Functional Accountabilities Patient Services
Obtain medical and family history of patients and review pertinet medical records.
Perform risk assessment and discuss the pattern of inheritance pertinent to the specific disorder(s) that have been diagnosed in the family, and review recurrence risks for at-risk family members.
Perform a psychosocial assessment and provide psychosocial support; counsel patients regarding available testing options and explore the risks and benefits of testing.
Complete chart notes or summaries of the counseling session for the family, medical records, and the referring physician with guidance from a senior genetic counselor; provide backup support for other genetic counselors in the department.
Provide appropriate written information to families about support groups and resources for their specific disorder or circumstance; facilitate referrals as needed; respond to patient's questions/concerns in a timely manner.
Triage of questions from administrative staff, outside hospitals, and physicians.
Promote genetic disease awareness.
Review current literature and recommended guidelines for upcoming patients.
Provide up-to-date information regarding clinical trials and/or research as they relate to the patient care.
Remain up-to-date with current genetic literature.
Attend regional and national meetings and disseminate information learned at the following genetic counselor meeting.
Acively participate in monthly journal club.
Achieve genetic counseling board certification.
Permit students/trainee to shadow daily responsibilities that relate to patient care.
Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870 and is ranked among the Top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country. Children’s National is #1 in Neonatology for a fifth consecutive year and is ranked in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, including placement in the top 10 for: Cancer (#5), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#3), Orthopaedics (#6), Pulmonology(#8), Nephrology (#6) and Diabetes and Endocrinology (#10). Children’s Hospital has been designated as a Magnet® hospital three times, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. Children’s National offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.