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Genetic Counselor

NH-United States-Dover Apply View Saved Jobs Job ID 3158195 Date posted 06/03/2021
Genetic Counselor-(3158195)


Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a subsidiary of Massachusetts General Hospital, is renowned as one of the largest acute care hospitals in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. At Wentworth-Douglass, we value people who contribute to patient-centered care that enhances community health; we recognize and reward those who share our values and transform our patients' lives. We invite you to explore opportunities, cultivate community wellness and professional growth.

The Center for Medical Genetics at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is seeking a 40 hour per week Genetic Counselor experienced in prenatal and adult counseling.  The Center for Medical Genetics is a community oriented program located in picturesque Dover on the Seacoast of New Hampshire.

The ideal candidate should have experience in prenatal counseling as well as adult genetics counseling including cancer,m cardiology and neurological counseling.  The Genetic Counselor will be part of a team dedicated to bringing genetic services to the community with primatry focus on maternal fetal medicine and prenatal genetic counseling.  Ability to work independently, excellent organizational and communication skills required.

The genetic counselor will be responsible for:  gathering and reviewing pertinent medical records in preparation for clinical visits for counseling; completing medical history and family pedigree and interpreting the data to identify risks; assessing patient's physical, emotional and financial needs to plan for appropirate care; providing supportive counseling and/or referral to community resources when appropriate; providing information about genetic diagnosis, etiology, inheritance patterns and risk of occurrence; educating associates and physicians regarding the role of genetic counseling and testing; assisting with the implementation of standards based on guidelines from JHACO and The American College of Medical Genetics.

1.    Clinical Genetics
a.    Explain the nature of genetics evaluation to clients. Obtain and review medical and family histories, based on the referral indication, and document the family history using standard pedigree nomenclature.
b.    Identify additional client and family medical information relevant to risk assessment and consideration of differential diagnoses, and assist in obtaining such information.
c.    Research and summarize pertinent data from the published literature, databases, and other professional resources, as necessary for each client.
d.    Synthesize client and family medical information and data obtained from additional research as the basis for risk assessment, differential diagnosis, genetic testing options, reproductive options, follow-up recommendations, and case management.
e.    Assess the risk of occurrence or recurrence of a genetic condition or birth defect, using a variety of techniques, including knowledge of inheritance patterns, epidemiologic data, quantitative genetics principles, statistical models, and evaluation of clinical information, as applicable.
f.    Explain to clients, verbally and/or in writing, medical information regarding the diagnosis or potential occurrence of a genetic condition or birth defect, including etiology, natural history, inheritance, disease management and potential treatment options.
g.    Discuss available options and delineate the risks, benefits and limitations of appropriate tests and clinical assessments. Order testa and perform clinical assessments in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
h.    Document case information clearly and concisely in the medical record and in correspondence to referring physicians, and discuss case information with other members of the healthcare team, as necessary.
i.    Assist clients in evaluating the risks, benefits and limitations of participation in research, and facilitate the informed consent process.
j.    Identify and access local, regional, and national resources such as support groups and ancillary services; discuss the availability of such resources with clients; and provide referrals, as necessary.
k.    Plan, organize and conduct public and professional education programs on medical genetics, patient care and genetic counseling issues.
l.    Works directly in the following areas to help establish a quality program: Breast Health, Cancer, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Gastro-Intestinal, and other programs as necessary and as qualified.

2.    Counseling and Communication
 .    Develop a genetic counseling agenda with the client or clients that includes identification and negotiation of client/counselor priorities and expectations.
a.    Identify individual client and family experiences, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, values, and cultural and religious beliefs in order to facilitate individualized decision making and coping.
b.    Assess client understanding and response to medical information and its implications, and educate client appropriately.
c.    Utilize appropriate interviewing techniques and empathic listening to establish rapport, identify major concerns and engage clients in an exploration of their responses to the implications of the findings, genetic risks, and available options/interventions.
d.    Identify the client's psychological needs, stressors and sources of emotional and psychological support in order to determine appropriate interventions and/or referrals.
e.    Promote client-specific decision making in an unbiased non-coercive manner that respects the client's culture, language, traditions, lifestyle, religious beliefs and values.
f.    Use knowledge of psychological structure to apply client-centered techniques and family systems theory to facilitate adjustment to the occurrence or risk of occurrence of a congenital or genetic disorder.

3.    Professional Ethics and Values
 .    Recognize and respond to ethical and moral dilemmas arising in practice, identify factors that promote or hinder client autonomy, and understand issues surrounding privacy, informed consent, confidentiality, real or potential discrimination and potential conflicts of interest.
a.    Advocate for clients, which includes understanding client needs and perceptions, representing their interests in accessing services, and eliciting responses from the medical and social service systems as well as the community at large.
b.    Recognize personal limitations in knowledge and/or capabilities and seek consultation or appropriately refer clients to other providers.
c.    Maintain professional growth. which includes acquiring relevant information required for a given situation, keeping abreast of current standards of practice as well as societal developments, and seeking out or establishing mechanisms for peer support.
d.    Respect a client's right to confidentiality, being mindful of local, state and federal regulations governing release of personal health information.


The counselor is required to have a Master's degree from an accredited genetic counseling program and be board eligible or certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or the equivalent.  

Excellent communication skills required

The State of New Hampshire requires genetic counselors to have a license to practice

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
· The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Primary Location

:NH-Dover-WDH Main Hospital

Work Locations

WDH Main Hospital
789 Central Ave




:Wentworth-Douglass Physicians Organization(WDP)


Standard Hours:40


:Day Job

Employee Status

Recruiting Department:WDP Genetics Counseling

Job Posting

:Jun 2, 2021


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