Brigham and Women's Hospital
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Genetics and Genomic Medicine service at Brigham and Women's Hospital focuses exclusively on the care of adult patients. We provide care for individuals in need of genetic risk assessment, genetic diagnosis, genetic testing, genetic counseling, or management of genetic disease. Care is provided by clinicians who have received dual training in internal medicine and medical genetics. The geneticists and genetic counselors are experts in the diagnosis, management and counseling issues related to adult onset disease as well as the care of adults with genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. We work collaboratively with other specialists at our institution, throughout the Harvard Medical affiliates, and throughout the world. Genetics and Genomic Medicine at BWH also offers exome and genome sequencing as a clinical service to patients for diagnosis and clinical management and is closely aligned with novel gene/undiagnosed disease programs such as the Harvard Undiagnosed Disease Program.
The Genetic Counselor will be responsible for coordinating clinic schedules, obtaining family history and additional necessary records from outside institutions, participating in diagnostic evaluations, and providing genetic counseling services in the clinic setting. In addition, the Genetic Counselor will have responsibilities relating to clinical research, including preparing IRB protocols for research studies, facilitating informed consent of research participants, obtaining necessary clinical data from research participants, and communicating clinical data to experimental biology and bioinformatics team.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Coordinates Genetics Clinic at Brigham & Women 's Hospital. Maintains clinic schedule, and gathers clinical information, including records from outside institutions. Monitors visit documentation, outstanding lab work, and additional necessary follow-up as needed.
Participates in diagnostic evaluations in the Genetics Clinic at BWH and other BWH clinical programs as needed. Obtains and analyzes family history, reviews clinical information on patients, performs research as necessary, and coordinates diagnostic testing. Reviews information with physicians, provides documentation of conclusions, and follows-up on outstanding laboratory data, including ensuring results have been communicated to patients.
Provides genetic counseling services through BWH clinics as well as other clinical programs in the Partners system as needed. Interprets family history, clinical findings and laboratory data to provide counseling for individuals or families at risk for specific hereditary disorders.
Assists in overall patient care coordination. Identifies appropriate referrals for patients, which may include other health care providers, advocacy organizations, or research opportunities.
In coordination with attending physician, facilitates optimal clinical learning experiences for all trainees rotating through clinics, including medical students, residents, genetics fellows, and genetic counseling students.
Provides clinical support for new and existing research collaborations. Identifies and contacts families for participation in clinical research studies. Explains study to participants, obtains informe d consent and coordinates collection of study samples. Communicates necessary clinical information to research and bioinformatics team.
Masters degree from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling
Board certification or board eligibility as a genetic counselor by the American Board of Medical Genetics or the American Board of Genetic Counseling is req uired.
Massachusetts state licensure required.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Work requires experience with computer programs including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
Work requires strong communication skills that allow effective interaction with both medical professional and patients or families.
Work requires creativity, efficiency, strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently to effectively organize and implement research projects, when necessary.
Work requires excellent written communication at both medical and lay levels.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.
Partner's Healthcare is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Website : http://www.brighamandwomens.org
Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BWH has a legacy of excellence that continues to grow year after year. Brigham and Women’s Health Care – the parent corporation for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization – includes 150 outpatient practices with over 1,200 physicians. We serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world.BWH is an internationally-known referral center for the most complex cases in nearly all areas of medicine. In fact, US News and World Report consistently ranks us among the nation’s top ten hospitals and in the top ten for specific specialty areas that in 2015 include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The BWH name is a reflection of our history. In 1980 three of Boston’s oldest and most prestigious Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals - the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, and the Boston Hospital for Women – merged to form Brigham and Women’s Hospital. As a national leader in improving health care quality and safety, we have helped to develop some of the industry’s best practices including computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors. The CPOE is now a nationally-accepted safety practice. The BWH Research Institute (BRI) is one of the most powerful biomedical research institutes in the world and the second largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among independent hospitals in the United States. With over $640 million in total research funding and over 1,000 principal investigators, BWH has long had great success in research as measured by the number of important discoveries made, the size and scope of its research portfolio and the volume of publications annually.