Genetic Counseling Assistant

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-05-05
Req: R0024122
A genetic counseling assistant (GCA) works closely with and under the supervision of genetic counselors who serve patients who have or are at risk for inherited disease. The GCA for this position primarily coordinates the care of patients with inherited cardiovascular conditions and their families, under the supervision of a cardiovascular genetic counselor. When time permits, this GCA also supports the genetic counselors who are based in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics by preparing genetic testing orders and documenting family histories. The GCA may also assist in supporting the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the supervising genetic counselor.

The roles of a Genetic Counseling Assistant include:

  • Contacting patients prior to visits to introduce them to the cardiovascular genetics service and document their family history in a drawn pedigree
  • Streamlining the genetic testing process by preparing orders and facilitating insurance pre-authorization, when necessary
  • Tracking genetic testing orders and identify when there are missing samples or delays
  • Composing and sending of "Dear Family" letters to encourage cardiovascular screening and/or genetic testing to patients to help facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of at-risk relatives
  • Creating and editing content for patient education about inherited heart disease
  • Populating and managing a clinical database of patients with inherited heart disease
  • Coordinating postmortem genetic testing through medical examiner offices
  • Assisting in the preparation of materials for clinics, lectures, research studies, and community outreach

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Experience: Two years of administrative experience
Licensure: None


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 5/6/2021
Application Due: 5/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time