Instructor (Genetic Counseling - Fetal Medicine)
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is seeking a qualified candidate to provide preconceptional and prenatal genetic counseling services to patients and their families at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHofSA) and other CHRISTUS affiliated hospitals.
Direct Reports: Does not directly supervise other Associates
Reports to: Maternal-Fetal Medicine: supervised by the Director of Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, with oversight by a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician
Responsibilities (are included but not limited to)
- Reviews, elicits, interprets and documents family, medical and psychosocial histories and provides medical documentation to the referring provider and patient where needed.
- Assess individuals' and their relatives' chances of having or potentially having a genetic contribution to disease based on their medical and family history, test results and other pertinent information to aid in diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
- Provide education and counseling to patients and families about natural history, recommended screening options, prevention options, inheritance pattern, and resources of a specific genetic disease or condition.
- Use a range of genetic counseling skills and models to facilitate informed decision-making and adaptation to genetic risks or conditions.
- Provides consultative perspective on relevant genetic conditions and genetic tests.
- Identify, assess, facilitate, and coordinate the genetic testing process with laboratory, providers, and patients/families.
- Provides pre-test and post-test counseling to patient/family and discloses genetic test results or screening results to patients/families.
- Provides preconception, pregnancy loss, grief, and crisis counseling from a genetics perspective.
- Participates in multidisciplinary clinics, departmental conferences and meetings in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, business organizations and the community.
- Performs educational presentations to healthcare professionals and community groups the role of genetics in health and disease.
- Mentors students, residents, fellows, program trainees and observers in relation to genetic counseling services within the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.
- Maintains continuing education units to stay current on genetics information.
- Assist in writing research protocols, applying for grants, implementing research protocols, recruiting and consenting patients for research, collecting data, and writing and reviewing publications.
- Initiates, develops, and recommends changes to policies, procedures, and patient care activities in the program specific area of maternal-fetal medicine.
- Ability to work at multiple geographical sites within the CHRISTUS Health System.
- Ability to perform genetic counseling consultations via telemedicine services within the CHRISTUS Health Care System.
- Education/ Skills: Masters degree in genetic counseling from a program accredited or in probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)
- Experience: Willing to accept new graduates
- Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications: Board certified or board eligible as a Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetics Counseling
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.