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Genetic Counselor I


Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is hiring a full-time Genetic Counselor to help support the Center for Clinical Genetics and Genomics for its Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC location in Oakland! This position will focus on the activity of the Pittsburgh Cytogenetics Laboratory. 


This position will be working Monday to Friday daylight shift. The Genetic Counselor will be the primary liaison between our referring providers and the services of the Pittsburgh Cytogenetics Laboratory and will work closely with the Clinical Genomics and Pregnancy Screening laboratories of the Center. 


Sign-on bonuses up to $15,000 are available for qualified candidates!

The Center for Clinical Genetics and Genomics in the UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is seeking qualified candidates to join a team of Certified Genetic Counselors and Medical/Laboratory Geneticists in a busy Clinical Cytogenetics laboratory offering constitutional and oncology testing. You will be the primary liaison between providers and the services of the Pittsburgh Cytogenetics Laboratory and will work closely with the Molecular Genetics and Biochemical Genetics laboratories of the Center. In this exciting role, you will be involved in:


·        Review of test orders with assessment of indication-specific testing strategies

·        Requesting additional clinical information for improved testing and interpretation

·        Notifying providers of STAT and abnormal results

·        Discussing test results and pertinent management issues with ordering provider

·        Providing consultation for further testing, as required

·        Creation of report drafts for review/sign-out by Laboratory Directors

·        Coordination of send-out testing and testing on stored samples

·        Provider education


·        Teaching and training of genetic counseling students, genetics fellows, and medical students/residents affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. 


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

  • 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.


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
  • Certified Genetics Counselor
  • Act 34

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