The role of the Genetic Counselor assists patients and their families to understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of the genetics related to inherited diseases. This role includes; Interpretation of family /medical histories to assess the patients chance of disease occurrence or recurrence, providing education with respect to inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research as they relate to breast and other oncology patients, and to provide counseling to promote informed patient choices and/or adaptation to the risk or condition (as per the National Society of Genetic Counselors). This individual is responsible for coordinating and implementing the genetics program for the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare. Facilitates support groups for individuals and families with inherited predisposition to cancer and conducting health promotion and awareness programs in the community.
Serves as the primary point of contact for all genetic risk assessment patient referrals providing support to individuals and families with all types of familial and hereditary cancers.
Assists in the identification/risk assessment of patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.
Collaborates with regional community agencies for appropriate referral of patients requiring financial, psychosocial assistance.
Communicates patient's results (medical studies etc) and ensures patient follow through with additional required medical care/studies.
Provides initial and follow-up patient risk assessment and counseling services.
Participates in Multidisciplinary Breast Case Conference (MDBCC) to consult with medical staff on case presentations, care needs and eligible referrals for genetic counseling and screening. Participates in other Tumor-site based cancer conferences as needed or requested.
Contributes to program planning related to community educational needs assessment.
Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team in development of policies and procedures relative to risk assessment and genetics as it relates to disease management, medical and surgical intervention.
Travels between the comprehensive breast center or other clinics, and the hospital site based upon needs of the patient, program needs, and meeting location.
Works with multidisciplinary team to ensure compliance of all risk assessment/genetics related standards from the Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and other relevant accreditations.
Demonstrates professional practice that incorporates sound disease management principles, knowledge and expertise in the area of genetics and inherited cancer syndromes.
Develops educational material at appropriate reading levels, with consideration of adult learning principles and reflective of a broad range of educational diversity.
Serves as the expert resource with sound knowledge base in genetics of cancers, inherited susceptibility patterns, risk analysis, genetic counseling principles when considering genetic testing and risks/benefits/limitation of genetic testing outcomes.
Provides educational programs focused on identification of high risk populations, making appropriate referrals.
Disseminates recent research findings that are relevant to cancer physician practices.
Responsible for reporting any safety related incident in a timely fashion through the Midas/RDE tool; attends all safety related training programs; performs work in a safe manner; monitors work environment for possible safety issues and ensures others are also performing work in a safe manner.
Stays current and complies with state and federal regulations/statutes and company policies that impact the employees area of responsibility.
If required for position, ensures all certifications and/or licenses are up-to-date and valid prior to expiration dates.
Completes all company mandatory modules and required job specific training in the specified time frame.
High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)- Required
Graduate of an accredited program in genetic counseling- Required
Master of Science Degree in Genetic Counseling- Required
Certification & Licensures
Current licensure to practice in the State of Arizona- Required
Certification by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics or Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling- Required
Membership in the National Society of Genetics Counselors or similar Professional organization- Preferred
Demonstrated experience in the area of Inherited Cancer Susceptibility syndromes- Preferred
Northern Arizona Healthcare