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Job Summary:Works as a member of a health care team and act as a patient advocate as well as a genetic resource to physicians. The incumbent provides information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders, and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. Identifies families at risk, investigate the problems present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and review available genetic testing options with the family.Essential Functions & Responsibilities:Counsels' patients, explaining the purpose, procedure, risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing/results. Answers questions posed by patients regarding the testing, their histories, personal situations, and other risks so they are informed about all diagnostic and screening testing options available.Facilitates patient decision making process regarding testing, management and prevention measures that are individual/patient specific utilizing counseling skills and a non-directive approach that is respectful of patient's feelings and beliefs.Gathers pertinent medical and family histories from patients and informs physicians of factors which might potentially increase patient's risk.Completes clinical data and billing forms.Assist physicians and other health care providers on team with literature review, researching testing options, and follow-up on patients as needed.Assists in scheduling and intake, chart review, and patient counseling for genetics clinic.Investigates, arranges, and coordinates specialized genetic testing with other testing centers.Assures appropriateness and quality of care within the National Society of Genetic Counselors Scope of Practice.Provides one on one supervision of genetic counseling students in the office, with case preparation, follow up, patient and physician communications; may provide direction and support regarding student research.Provides lectures to MWHC health care providers and the local medical and lay community as requested, including multidisciplinary team conferences.Participates in community outreach and education about genetic conditions, genetic services, professions and careers in genetics.Other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from an accredited Genetic Counseling program.American Board of Genetic Counselors Certification required.Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of genetic counseling.Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.Adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.Experience in direct patient care and genetic counseling.Ability to assess the need for foreign language interpretation and access the appropriate resources to provide this interpretation as well as counsel in a culturally appropriate manner via a foreign language interpreter.Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, and experience with clinical search engines such as Pub-Med, OMIM, and REPROTOX