Genetic Counselor

New Haven, CT
Feb 23, 2021

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Job Description

Overview

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

The Smilow Cancer Hospital Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program offers a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. Under the direction of the Lead Genetic Counselor, and as a member of this team, the Genetic Counselor provides outstanding integrated patient care and supports the program?s commitment to teaching and performing research in different aspects of cancer genetics. Excellent teamwork, verbal and written communication, collaboration and evidence-based practice are required. EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Responsibilities

  • 1. Maintain a template of a minimum of 12 new patient openings a week less prior approved paid time off or based on position of assigned hours worked per week for those employees who are not 1.0 FTE
  • 2. Maintain compliance with Yale-New Haven Hospital mandatory training
  • 3. Meet Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program Genetic Counselor Standards and Expectations
  • 4. Travel to satellite network clinic locations to provide genetic counseling services, as needed
  • 5. Continuously perform clinical tasks accurately and independently: 5.1 Utilize clinical expertise to perform patient care responsibilities including: 5.1.1 Accurate and consistent risk assessment 5.1.2 Patient education and psychosocial support for a broad range of referral indications 5.1.3 Facilitate patient decision-making and coordinate diagnostic genetic testing, as appropriate 5.1.4 Review results of diagnostic tests with program team to determine appropriate medical management direction and counseling plan at weekly multidisciplinary case conference 5.1.5 Disclose results of diagnostic tests to patients, facilitate patient education and understanding, and make referrals, as appropriate 5.1.6 Develop written reports to be sent to patients and the patients? referring providers and other members of the patients? healthcare team based on personal and family medical histories collected during the cancer genetics consultation and genetic test results 5.2 Demonstrate clinical expertise through comprehensive journal club and case presentations. 5.3 Research primary literature sources thoroughly for chart preparation for patient consultation, patient education fact sheets, and summary letter templates. 5.4 Demonstrates ability to translate primary literature into both professional and patient friendly materials.
  • 6. Continuously exhibits positive behaviors with all members of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention team through demonstration of the following: 6.1 Presents self in a professional manner both physically and verbally while exhibiting a positive attitude. 6.2 Provides open and constructive feedback to peers and managers in the interest of improving work relationships in a constructive and timely manner. 6.3 Demonstrates willingness to take on additional work in the interest of improving the patient care and working environment. 6.4 Asks for clarification, as needed. 6.5 Demonstrates appropriate and friendly manner. 6.6 Interacts with patients, families and staff in a respectful manner. 6.7 Listens patiently and carefully and modifies behaviors, as needed. 6.8 Values constructive feedback and modifies behaviors, as needed. 6.9 Assumes responsibility and accountability independently for tasks that are related to the GC role. 6.10 Maintains a positive attitude and exhibits maturity when faced with potentially frustrating situations. 6.11 Accepts and encourages suggestions for new ways of doing things. 6.12 Fosters respect for each person and his/her background, culture, values, and perspective. 6.13 Gets along and works well with others from different departments. 6.14 Adapts to changes in unit priorities such as, emergencies, multiple admissions, staffing needs, etc.
  • 7. Driven to improve the environment of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program with the aim of providing service excellence. The genetic counselor is able to recommend and implement reasonable solutions to address problems through demonstration of the following: 7.1 Ability to proactively anticipate their workload and plan accordingly, switching easily from one task to another. 7.2 Identification of new ideas and methods for saving resources and accomplishing work most effectively. 7.3 Learning from past experiences and ability to use this knowledge for future decision making. 7.4 Proactively consider and use a variety of approaches and interventions to complete tasks or achieve goals. 7 Driven to improve the environment of the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program with the aim of providing service excellence. The genetic counselor is able to recommend and implement reasonable solutions to address problems through demonstration of the following: 7.1 Ability to proactively anticipate their workload and plan accordingly, switching easily from one task to another. 7.2 Identification of new ideas and methods for saving resources and accomplishing work most effectively. 7.3 Learning from past experiences and ability to use this knowledge for future decision making. 7.4 Proactively consider and use a variety of approaches and interventions to complete tasks or achieve goals.
  • 8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

EDUCATION

 

Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from an ABGC Accredited Program.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

At least one year of experience as a genetic counselor in an oncology setting preferred but new graduates welcome to apply.

 

LICENSURE

 

Board eligibility by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) required; Board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) preferred. Licensed as a genetic counselor in the state of Connecticut (at least temporary permit, full license preferred) (Due to state of Connecticut genetic counselor licensure requirements, candidates who are not board certified at the time of hiring must obtain board certification and full license within 365 days from the date of obtaining their master's degree in genetic counseling.)

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

 

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Able to work in a team focused approach.

 

Additional Information

ABGC certified or board eligible

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm

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Job Info

Job: 26971

Department: Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Category: CLINICAL-OTHER
Sub Category: ADMIN PROF
Status: Full Time Benefits Eligible
Shift: DAYS
Hours: 40

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