Genetic counselors (Research, Prenatal, Cancer, Pediatric, and Adult) work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or a genetic disorder and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. They identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.
Genetic Counselors also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocate and refer individuals and families to community or state support services. They serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public. Genetic Counselors may also work in an administrative capacity and may engage in research activities related to the field of medical genetics and genetic counseling.
General clinical genetics responsibilities with direct patient contact and follow up after genetics consultation, including communication with patients, families and other health care providers.
Responsibilities may also include genetic laboratory support, including communication with patients and providers about genetic testing and results.
Triage patient referrals or professional inquiries for genetic consultation, including ascertainment of acuity of problem (especially if time sensitive as in pregnancy or newborn screening) and of the type of evaluation required (e.g. cancer, prenatal, pediatric, adult, etc).
Obtain and evaluate a detailed pedigree using standardized nomenclature.
Obtain patient history and review and analyze pertinent records, including medical records, and research records.
Analyze and interpret information obtained from any appropriate resource materials relevant to each case for diagnostic evaluation and management.
Provide comprehensive information to families and to health care providers regarding the etiology, inheritance, incidence/carrier risks, and natural history/prognosis for genetic condition/diseases in culturally appropriate terms that each will comprehend.
Serve as a patient advocate by assisting family with referrals for services, assisting administrative team as needed with special scheduling issues and determination of financial coverage/authorization for special tests, and identifying research studies.
Participate in follow-up by tracking test results, reviewing as appropriate with the M.D. team member and conveying those results to patients (or contacting family if necessary) and the primary care provider(s).
Educate primary and other health care providers.
Document all patient-related activities in medical records.
Participate in case conferences, in services, and in teaching, including continuing education events which are relevant to the position.
As appropriate, supervise trainees in genetic counseling.
Perform special projects as needed.
Master’s degree in genetics/genetic counseling from an Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling accredited program and/or Active Board Certification or Board eligibility by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Two years or more of relevant experience in general pediatric genetics and/or inborn errors of metabolism preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Please reply with salary requirements to:
Miriam G. Blitzer, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G.
Professor and Head, Division of Human Genetics
Department of Pediatrics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
655 W. Baltimore Street, Room 7-037
Baltimore, MD 21201
Internal Number: 063019
About University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Our team of medical geneticists, including physicians, laboratory specialists and genetic counselors, provides a full range of genetic services to patients of all ages, their families and health care providers. Services are available to patients and families when a genetic cause or contribution to medical or neurodevelopmental problems is known or suspected, including inborn errors of metabolism, chromosomal disorders, genetic syndromes and genetic contribution to common/complex disease that may present at any age. We provide genetic diagnostic evaluation, clinical monitoring, treatment and management, and genetic counseling in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Board-certified clinical geneticists and laboratory geneticists are on call at all times.
The Division faculty members serve as national leaders in education in genetics and genetic professional organizations. Currently, Miriam Blitzer, PhD, is the Executive Director of the American Board of Medical Genetics and 2011-2012 President of the Professors of Human Genetics. Carol Greene, MD, is President of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (2011-2013), and Shannan Dixon, MS, CGC, is currently serving as t...reasurer of the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors and is on the board of directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Our faculty and trainees are active in clinical research in medical genetics and serve on committees of professional organizations.