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Genetic Counselor - Center for Fetal and Maternal Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD

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Genetic counselors work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders 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.

Obtains patient and family historical medical data and interprets data obtained to determine possible problem area.

Assists patients in understanding genetic disease or birth defects in order to provide professional counseling services.

Assesses patient needs as they relate to emotional stress, fear of tests results, financial or transportation problems, marital conflicts or patient/physician conflicts so as to make proper referral recommendations

Updates medical records and keeps team members apprised of patient problems.

Refers patients for tests or to other assistance such as a social worker.

Monitors information resulting from test results and agency referrals and reviews case for further evaluation to assure continuity of patient care and education of patient/family in nature of disease/problem

The incumbent works closely with the physician in establishing a medical treatment plan.

The counselor takes accountability and ownership for the outcome of all actions and decisions in fulfilling job requirements with special emphasis on customer satisfaction.

The counselor must be prepared to serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public.

Works as a patient advocate and refer individuals and families to community or state support services and refer individuals and families to community or state support services

Required Experience: Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.Most enter the field from a variety of disciplines, including biology, genetics, nursing, psychology, public health and social work. Master's degree in human genetics and counseling or related field, and board eligible for certification as a genetic counselor by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

Preferred Experience: One to three years experience as a genetic counselor.

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