Kennedy Krieger Institute has a clinical focus of meeting the specialized needs of children and adults with rare neurologic and developmental disorders. We are seeking a full-time clinical genetic counselor to join a dynamic and supportive team of six genetic counselors, two clinical geneticists and five neurogenetics experts. The clinical focus of this position will include working with children and adults with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, other hereditary connective tissue disorders, and neurogenetic conditions. The Institute is at the forefront of utilizing advanced genomic technologies to diagnose and care for patients with rare genetic disorders.
We are seeking a genetic counselor who has excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Duties will include performing family history and risk assessment, coordinating genetic testing, educating about genetic diagnoses, counseling and providing support for patients and their family members. The genetic counselor will work within a multi-disciplinary team with a joint focus on providing holistic care to our patients. The genetic counseling team receives extensive support from genetic counselor assistants, clinic coordinators, administrative assistants and nursing staff, which allows the genetic counselors to devote their efforts to clinical care.
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinic at Kennedy Krieger is an internationally-recognized program in the diagnosis and treatment for children and adults with OI. Care is often provided to many generations within a family, and genetic diagnosis in conjunction with longitudinal assessments guide treatment decisions. Applicants should have an interest in developing and maintaining clinical expertise in OI and other hereditary connective tissue disorders.
Mentoring and supervision will be provided by a senior clinical genetic counselor and a medical geneticist. There are opportunities to participate in teaching of genetic counseling graduate students. In addition, research opportunities are available and encouraged.
Master’s degree in genetic counseling, ABGC board-eligible or -certified. Trained in clinical genetics, communication of genetic risk, counseling techniques, counseling of research participants.
Greater than two years of clinical genetics experience is preferred; however, all applicants are welcome.
**Applicants should submit cover letter along with their resume/CV
Provide formal, face-to-face (and when appropriate, telehealth) genetic counseling in clinic(s) to include but not limited to providing educational counseling and information regarding natural history, etiology, recurrence risks, testing options, prenatal diagnosis, and outcome expectations for genetic disorders.
Document appointments and findings in systems and files in compliance with internal and professional requirements.
Conduct psychosocial assessments and provide supportive, family-centered counseling oriented toward improving the health and well-being of the patient.
Discuss pertinent genetic support resources with the patient and family. Provide literature and contact information regarding these services.
Coordinate all aspects of clinical genetic testing while working with support services provided at the Institute.
Coordinate/provide follow-up clinical evaluations and genetic testing of patients.
Educate and provide educational materials for health care professionals and trainees assigned to clinic(s).
Communicate with internal and external referrals about general genetic counseling/testing services.
Participate in clinic meetings and case conferences.
Maintain current knowledge of general genetics, clinical genetic testing options and treatment available for patients through literature reviews and attendance at national and regional genetic educational conferences.
Participate and assist in clinical research efforts.
ABGC Board eligible, certification preferred
Masters Degree from an accredited Genetic Counseling Program required.
Two years related genetic counseling experience with documented ABGC certification.
Four years of related genetics counseling experience without ABGC certification.
Experience working with patient populations with disabilities preferred.
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