GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Working in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) within Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the genetic counselor will primarily devote their time in the MGH Cardiovascular Genetics Program through provision of clinical genetic counseling services. The candidate may also support activities in the Genomic Medicine Unit on a limited basis, working within a network of genetic counselors as well as other support for integrating genomics into medical practice at MGH. The successful candidate will enjoy close clinical collaboration with physicians, genetic counselors, molecular diagnosticians, and genetic counseling assistants and contribute to new initiatives in cardiology and genomic medicine.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as a clinical genetic counselor in the MGH Cardiovascular Genetics Program (CGP). The CGP is a dynamic and rapidly growing program that spans multiple subspecialties, including inherited arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies, aortopathies, dyslipidemias
- Provide clinical genetic counseling to patients within a multidisciplinary setting, and work in close collaboration with a diverse team of Electrophysiology/Heart Failure/Prevention Cardiologists
- Perform patient and family genetic risk assessment; collect and evaluate medical and family histories; Provide information regarding the etiology, inheritance, incidence risks, and natural history/prognosis for people with a casual gene related to inherited disorders; facilitate patient understanding of genetic, medical and psychosocial information including risks, testing options and procedures, test results and their implications; perform psychosocial assessment during genetic consultation, and provide emotional support as needed
- Order appropriate genetic testing in discussion with the attending cardiologist, and disclose results
- Prepares genetic counseling documentation pre- and post-visit, including progress notes, genetic results summary and family letters
- Provide input into and participate in program development initiatives and quality improvement processes
- Participate in and help oversee program meeting, case topic, and other academic presentation schedule
- Provide support for the Genomic Medicine Unit, which aims to implement genomics into healthcare across MGH
- Provide guidance to clinics for use of genetic and genomic testing through both policy and genetic counseling support including when to order testing, for what indications and in which patients, and when reinterpretation and reanalysis is needed
- Develop better approaches to support family-based testing and counseling
- Collaborate with existing team members on project ideas to promote and support the utilization of genetics, such as educational and outreach initiatives
- Provide coverage on an as-needed basis for other clinics, such as the Preventive Genomics Clinic
- Support genomic research programs including maintenance of IRB and other regulatory documents required for research
- Be involved with supervising genetic counseling students from local training programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Relevant experience or training in genetic counseling and clinical research
- Ability to independently work up a genetic counseling case management plan
- Familiarity with genomic databases and variant interpretation.
- Working knowledge of molecular diagnostic techniques and be able to critically analyze testing options from clinical laboratories
- Exceptional organizational and communication skills as well as attention to detail
- Demonstrated capability as highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual, able to work independently as well as within cross-functional teams
- Demonstrated knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, FDA, HIPAA and IRB regulations; an understanding of research procedures; and the ability to function independently following an initial training period.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS (if applicable):
- Board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling required
- Current licensure by the Mass Board of Registration of Genetic Counselors, or eligibility to apply for licensure required
- Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling required from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
- 2+ years of genetic counseling experience in clinical and laboratory settings preferred.
- Prior experience in clinical cardiovascular genetics preferred, but not required
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):
- Supervising genetic counseling assistants, research assistants and/or student volunteers.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):
- Full time