A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who assesses and communicates the risk of genetic conditions to individuals and families, providing guidance on potential implications and available options for informed decision-making. They combine expertise in genetics with counseling skills to support individuals in understanding and managing genetic information.

Job Description

We are seeking a Genetic Counselor to become a member of our team. This person would assist patients in understanding their risks for specific diseases and assist in interpreting information to determine whether testing is necessary. Genetic Counselors are responsible for identifying patients and family members who may be at risk for certain genetic illnesses as well as talking with patients and evaluating medical histories. Ultimately, you will collaborate closely with patients to assist them and their families in comprehending the risk of different genetic disorders and deciding whether testing is necessary.

The following are the responsibilities of a Genetic Counselor:

  • Evaluating medical and family histories, providing guidance to patients and families on hereditary conditions or birth problems.
  • Describing the advantages and restrictions of available genetic testing alternatives.
  • Helping families comprehend the genetic diseases that run in their family.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Examine records in patient charts and create recommendations for patients’ next steps.
  • Create and deliver instructional and associated programs as needed.
  • As needed, oversee & assist in carrying out the research methodology.
  • Execute related administrative or secretarial duties such as communication, special initiatives, and program funding operations.
  • Instruct and oversee residents and/or other healthcare professionals training activities.

Qualifications and Abilities

  • Reputable experience working as a Genetic Counselor or in a position similar.
  • The capacity to use counseling strategies and tactics.
  • Proficiency in clearly conveying medical information, test findings, diagnosis and/or recommended treatment plans to clients. Understanding of human genetic illnesses and birth abnormalities.
  • Ability to manage and communicate personal information, use independent judgment and provide patients and/or families with life management and coping skills counseling.
  • Appropriate education and/or certification in genetic counseling.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the role of a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic Counselors assess and communicate genetic information to individuals and families, offering guidance on the implications and risks.

When might I consider consulting a Genetic Counselor?

You may consider seeing a Genetic Counselor if you have concerns about a family history of genetic conditions or are planning a pregnancy.

How can I schedule an appointment with a Genetic Counselor?

You can typically schedule an appointment with a Genetic Counselor through a referral from a healthcare provider or directly contacting a genetics clinic.

What information should I bring to a Genetic Counseling appointment?

Bring your medical history, family history, and any relevant genetic testing results to provide a comprehensive overview for the counselor.

Will my genetic information be kept confidential?

Yes, Genetic Counselors adhere to strict confidentiality standards, and your genetic information is treated with the utmost privacy and security.