Job Description

Job Title: Genetic Counselor I
Job ID: 90539051
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Shift: Day Job
Facility:
Department: 65471 POP14 EYE Childrens Hospital
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224

Description

UPMC is hiring a full-time genetic counselor to help support the UPMC Eye Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh!  UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is ranked #8 nationally by US News & World Report.

 

In this exciting role, you would have the opportunity to share your genetic counseling expertise with a dynamic group of genetic counselors, ophthalmologists, and other clinical and research team members!   While predominantly focused on a pediatric population, there will be some opportunities for adult consultations.

 

Our team of genetic counselors are engaged in the diagnosis and management of inherited eye disorders, functioning as a strategic asset to our center and the patients and families we serve.  Achieving a molecular diagnosis for inherited eye disorders enhances ophthalmic care, optimizes medical management, and can identify patients who may be eligible for emerging clinical trials and other research programs.

 

Our team is truly on the cutting-edge of life changing medicine.  If you’re looking for a position that combines patient care, research opportunities, and independence, then we invite you to explore our genetic counselor role!


Sign-on bonuses up to $15,000 available for qualified Genetic Counselors!


Purpose:
Performs professional and administrative duties necessary to provide counseling and risk assessment for genetic conditions to patients and families.

Responsibilities:
  • Operate, maintain, and update the genetic databases.
  • Implement treatment plan and make the appropriate referrals to medical, nursing, social work, and psychological services.
  • Assist genetic laboratory services with interpretation and communication of results to patients and physicians.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Provide comprehensive genetic counseling at all designated sites and to patients and families referred for genetic services following the competencies established by the ABGC. This includes case preparation, contracting, review of medical and family histories, creation of pedigree, genetic risk assessment, discussion of inheritance/risk/diagnosis/natural history, genetic testing options, possible result outcomes and implications for patient and family, limited related psychosocial assessment, and resource identification (disease/community/healthcare).
  • Prepare and conduct lectures/seminars on human genetics and genetic counseling for lay groups, students, and health professionals; provide clinical supervision for residents and fellows rotating through genetics.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of ongoing clinical investigations in genetics by writing and editing research manuscripts and grants; recruit and enroll patients into ongoing studies.
  • Act as mentor to genetic counseling graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
  • Responsible for maintenance of QA for the clinical genetic counseling services.
  • Communicate with patients and physicians by phone and/or in writing regarding patient care/testing, which includes interpretation of test results.
  • Serve as a resource for various health care professionals regarding genetic testing, genetically based questions, teratogens, and genetic medical information.
  • Coordinate genetic testing and insurance coverage for genetic testing of genetics patients.

Qualifications

Master of Science in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accredited institution.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certified genetic counselor who holds or is eligible for PA licensure or after hire must be eligible to apply for a temporary provisional genetic counselor license within PA and must successfully obtain full licensure within 2 years of being hired.

  • American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $30.61 to $46.22 / hour

    Union Position: No

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