GENETIC COUNSELOR

Location
Durham, NC
Posted
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

GENETIC COUNSELOR
Ophthalmology-General

Occupational Summary
Provides pre- and post-testing support for genetic testing for hereditary retinal diseases and other ophthalmic genetic conditions and syndromes seen at the Center for Retinal Degenerations and Ophthalmic Genetic Diseases at the Duke Eye Center. Collects appropriate clinical and family information from patients and their family members necessary for clinical care, planning, scheduling and coordination of appropriate molecular genetic diagnostic testing, proper interpretation of tests results, preparation of final reports, and participates actively in the counseling of affected individuals and their families. Coordinates participation of affected individuals in gene replacement clinical trials, gene- or mutation-specific treatment trials, and other clinical studies of ophthalmic genetic conditions, and assists the Principal Investigator in the conduction of these studies and trials.

Work Performed
  • Prior experience with ophthalmic genetic disorders preferred
  • Establish a mutually agreed upon genetic counseling agenda with the patient and their family.
  • Elicit an appropriate and inclusive family history and medical information including pregnancy, developmental and medical histories, with particular emphasis on the manifestations relevant to hereditary retinal diseases and other ophthalmic genetic conditions and syndromes, and drafts complete, detailed, accurate pedigrees.
  • Elicit a psychosocial history.
  • Convey genetic, medical and technical information including, but not limited to diagnosis, etiology, natural history, prognosis and treatment/management of hereditary retinal diseases and other ophthalmic genetic conditions and syndromes to patients and their families.
  • Explain technical and medical aspects of diagnostic and screening methods and reproductive options including associated risks, benefits, and limitations.
  • Assess and calculate genetic and reproductive risks.
  • Identify, organize, and summarize pertinent medical and genetic information.
  • Identify and access appropriate local, regional, and national resources and services for families with hereditary retinal diseases and other ophthalmic genetic conditions and syndromes.
  • Facilitate the identification of a course of action for patients and families which seems to them appropriate in view of their risks, family goals, and their ethical and religious standards.
  • Facilitate adjustment to the disorder in the patient or in an affected family member and/or the risk of recurrence of that disorder.
  • Anticipate areas of difficulty and conflict in patients and families regarding the genetic disorder and recognize situations requiring visual rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychosocial counseling, or psychiatric referral.
  • Organize and maintain a detailed, secure database of patients affected with specific hereditary retinal diseases and other ophthalmic genetic conditions and syndromes.
  • Participate in Research and Grant Development by developing and participating in research in genetic counseling and medical genetics, develop institutional review board protocols, and participate in writing clinical research grants.
  • Work together with Investigators, Clinical Research Coordinators, other study-related staff to coordinate the planning for, scheduling, organization and conduction of gene replacement clinical trials, gene- or mutation-specific treatment trials, and other clinical studies of individuals affected with ophthalmic genetic conditions, actively assists the Principal Investigator in the conduction of these studies and trials, and participates in interactions with the sponsors of said studies and trials.
  • Maintain and improve current knowledge of complex genetic issues, attend appropriate lectures, conferences, rounds, and regional/national meetings.
  • Promote understanding of the medical, ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic science through the training of residents, fellows, and medical students, as well as participation in continuing education efforts for other health care providers within the Duke University Healthcare System and the greater Duke University community.
  • Teaches classes and presents cases/data for residents, fellows, and medical students at Grand Rounds, Departmental events, and reporting cases and data derived from the activities of the Center for Retinal Degenerations and Ophthalmic Genetic Diseases at local, regional, national and international medical and scientific meetings, as well as at local, regional and national disease-focused patient organizations and foundations.


Requisition Number
401178414

Location
Durham

Duke Entity
MEDICAL CENTER

Job Code
1054 GENETIC COUNSELOR

Job Family Level
14

Exempt/Non-Exempt
Exempt

Full Time / Part Time
FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary
Regular

Shift
First/Day

Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Education

Master's degree or Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics or Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetics Counseling (ABGC) accredited training program and American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) board certified. If the employee is not board certified, he/she must be actively pursing board certification.

The equivalency of the training must adhere to the ABGC guidelines for special consideration status OR three or more years of clinical practice in genetic counseling, fulfillment of training adhering to the ABGC guidelines for special consideration status.

Experience

One year of clinical experience as a board eligible genetic counselor or genetic counselor intern.
Prior experience with ophthalmic genetic disorders preferred

Auto req ID

83987BR

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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