• Genetic Counselor

    Posted Date 2 months ago(4/5/2018 4:33 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Patient Care
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Peds Genetics
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    The Pediatric Genetic Counselor provides genetic counseling to individuals and families at risk for hereditary disorders.  S/He assesses recurrence risks and recommends medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit, and cost.  S/He reviews implications with the patient and provides crisis intervention regarding unexpected genetic conditions.  S/He educates physicians and health professionals and ensures appropriate patient referral and care.



    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


    1. Collects personal and family medical history from patients
    2. Performs risk assessments to determine likelihood of genetic contribution to disease
    3. Provides education and counseling about the genetic condition, risks, recommended screening and prevention options, inheritance patterns, and resources
    4. Facilitates informed decision making with patients and family
    5. Works closely with physicians in a wide variety of clinical specialties including surgery, neurology, internal medicine, endocrinology and cardiology to help integrate genetics into patient care
    6. Stays current on information regarding specific genetic syndromes, available testing, and research opportunities
    7. Assists in writing publication, giving presentations at conferences and recruiting patients for research
    8. Provides a written genetic counseling letter summarizing the results of genetic testing for the patient and the appropriate management /care
    9. Provides educational presentations to healthcare professionals and community groups regarding the role of genetics in health and disease
    10. Prepares and delivers lectures to the genetic counseling students
    11. Coordinates with Chaplain Coordinator, Social Worker, and others to provide grief counseling for patients and families as needed; may also be involved in the creation of specific support groups
    12. Attends and participates in various department conferences and meetings, providing consultative perspective on potential relevant genetic conditions to the cases
    13. Reviews medical records to prepare for clinic visits and gathers medical records for new patients 
    14. Coordinates follow-up care including referrals, insurance prior authorization for genetic testing and calling families with test results
    15. Provides genetic counseling to patients who are admitted to the hospital upon positive genetic test results
    16. Supervises genetic counseling students in clinic, giving appropriate prep, feedback, and end of rotation evaluations
    17. May perform other duties as assigned


    Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from a school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. Board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics as a genetic counselor.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    2 years of genetic counseling experience



    Salary: Negotiable


    UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. 


    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Frequently
    Sit: Frequently
    Walk: Occasionally
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Occasionally
    Talk: Frequently
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Occasionally
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
    Physical Environment: Inside Medical Facility Environment
    Noise Level: Moderate
    Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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