Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)'s Department of OBGYN is excited to announce an opportunity to join Women's Genetics as a Lecturer or Assistant Professor of Genetic Counseling (rank dependent on individual experiences) and research/clinical genetic counselor at CUIMC. Women's Genetics includes a team of genetic counselors and coordinators led by a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist/Geneticist, a research genetic counselor manager, and a clinical genetic counselor manager. Members of Women's Genetics at Columbia have been at the forefront of discovery and implementation of reproductive genetic technologies for women and their pregnancies. Many of these studies have appeared in leading medical journals, changing obstetrical care and genetics practice.
We are seeking a highly motivated Genetic Counselor to support and coordinate reproductive genomics research and provide patient care in Obstetrics & Gynecology, supporting our overarching goal to be leaders in the translation of genomic medicine into maternal-fetal and women's health.
This individual will primarily support our new maternal-fetal genomic research initiatives under the recently launched collaboration between the Department of OBGYN and the New York Genome Center. The individual will additionally have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of ongoing research initiatives such as our NICHD funded, multi-center trial of prenatal genomic sequencing in anomalous fetuses and stillbirth, the expansion of a fetal sequencing data repository, and the formation of the newly funded ClinGen Gene/Variant curation expert panels in stillbirth and non-immune fetal hydrops. The candidate will perform other research related duties as assigned. This individual will also provide clinical genetic counseling services within OBGYN.
The candidate will identify, recruit, and consent eligible participants; conduct visits as outlined in study protocols and in accordance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) guidelines. They will perform research-related services such as data collection, data entry and transmission, specimen collection, processing and storing or shipment of specimens. They will ensure the appropriate tests, procedures and laboratory tests are completed. The candidate will collect data and complete case report forms for all study visits as required by the protocol and consistent with GCP, FDA/HHS, state and institutional regulations.
Successful candidates will work in a multi-disciplinary manner with other CUIMC providers and have the ability to collaborate effectively as a member of the health care team. This represents a unique opportunity for a genetic counselor interested in both the provision of excellent clinical care and supporting research in the expansion and translation of genomics in women's health. A successful candidate will operate in an interdisciplinary and intellectual community at CUIMC.
Develop and implement novel protocols in collaboration with PIs, Co-Is, and the genetic counseling team
Under limited supervision, provide reproductive genetic counseling to a diverse group of obstetric and preconception patients referred due to family histories of genetic disease, abnormal screening results, fetal anomalies, prior affected pregnancies, complex multifetal gestations and those seeking invasive diagnostic testing (CVS and amniocentesis).
Work as part of a cutting edge multidisciplinary team including Maternal Fetal Medicine, pediatric specialists, and the Center for Prenatal Pediatrics in the care of patients with fetal malformations.
Coordinate the ordering of and counsel patients on clinical genetic/genomic screens and diagnostic tests
Screen, recruit, and consent eligible patients for reproductive genomic research studies with a specific focus on new initiatives related to the New York Genome Center partnership
Maintain timely data entry and transmission for assigned research projects
Maintain IRB protocols for projects assigned by the genomics research manager
Conduct relevant literature reviews to support new research initiatives as needed
Supervise students enrolled in the Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program during their reproductive fieldwork.
Conduct in-take screening, risk assessment, explain nature and scope of testing procedures
Communicate results to patients and families
Attend and participate in professional meetings and directed educational opportunities, and have an active role in the drafting of manuscripts and publication of findings
Participate in other educational, research, and academic service programs in the Department in accordance with the wishes of the department chair
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is dedicated to the goal of building a multicultural faculty and staff committed to teaching, working and serving in a diverse community, and strongly encourages applications from candidates of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
We are continuously seeking to recruit individuals who will enhance the diversity of our workplace and the effectiveness of our organization.
Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling
Board certified as a Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling
Experience in the provision of prenatal genetic counseling services
Ability to work both independently and as part of a genetic counseling team
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively in multi- disciplinary teams
Experience in clinical research
Conversational Spanish (preferred but not required)
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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