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Genetics Counselor

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY
Weill Cornell Medical College
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Position Summary

Under general supervision, provides genetic testing, education and support to patients and provides programmatic support to the departments clinical program\(s\)

Job Responsibilities

+ Prepares and maintains research case records for each patient\. Denotes nature of medical and social problems and makes summaries\.

+ Maintains electronic and hard copy files and databases\. Maintains integrity of information\.

+ Conducts literature research\.

+ Supplies information to patients regarding reproductive alternatives to be considered in the event of genetic disorders\.

+ Interviews patients and families to obtain relevant genetic medical and psychological information\. Evaluates data supplied to determine proper plan of diagnosis or treatment\.

+ Communicates information to patients about methods used to determine carrier state in order to arrange for testing of other family members when appropriate\.

+ Counsels patients and families about genetic disorders\. Alleviates fears and anxieties concerning permanent disabilities, disfiguring illness, or an uncertain future\. Refers patients to physicians, therapists, etc for further counseling/treatment\.

+ Maintains current knowledge of field\. Participates in genetic conferences and lectures sponsored by the medical college and outside community agencies\.

+ Updates and maintains IRB protocol approvals as needed\.

+ Coordinate subject visits in the research clinics\. Oversees case scheduling, physician availability for research clinic and conferences for case and project discussion\.

+ Obtains informed consent from research subjects\.


+ Bachelor's Degree in related field


Master's degree is preferred\.

Approximately 1 year of related experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Patience and a high capacity for empathy and perseverance\.

+ Ability to exercise standards of professionalism, including appearance, presentation and demeanor\.

+ Excellent communication skills \(both verbal and written\)\.

Licenses and Certifications

+ Board Certification or Eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Standard office work

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world\. Our doctors and scientists\-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization\-are engaged in world\-class clinical care and cutting\-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies\. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U\.S\. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey\. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork\-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork\-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork\-Presbyterian/Queens\. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients \- the center of everything we do\. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer\.
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