Genetic Counselor Open Position at Unique Clinic for Special Needs
DDC Clinic – Center for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility serving patients with complex medical need primarily from the Amish and Mennonite communities. DDC Clinic’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs caused by rare genetic disorders. Located in Middlefield, Ohio, home to the fourth largest Amish population in the United States.
This is a full-time salaried position. The genetic counselor will join the DDC Clinic team for collaborative efforts in patient care, research, and molecular diagnostics laboratory. A large part of the genetic counselor’s work (approx. 60%) will be clinical research related, particularly cardiogenetic research by providing genetic counseling to the research participators. As a member of the team, the genetic counselor will also participate in the evaluation of new patients, assist physicians with genetic testing decisions, provide pretest and posttest genetic counseling services to families. In addition, the genetic counselor will also provide genetic counseling services to families and ordering providers for genetic testing performed by the DDC Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.
Master’s degree in genetic counseling or equivalent; American Board of Genetic Counseling certification or American Board of Medical Genetics certification in genetic counseling; State of Ohio genetic counseling license. Board and license eligible candidates may be considered.
2+ years of related genetic counseling experience preferred, previous research experiences being a plus.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Provide genetic counseling related to known or potential genetic diagnosis, inheritance, recurrence risks, testing options, test results and research participation.
Participate in clinic and collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to establish an appropriate plan of patient care and research participation.
Facilitate genetic testing and research participation for patients and families.
Support patients in identifying resources relating to medical and non-medical needs
Occasionally present genetic education at community and provider education events
Develop and distribute print material to support and promote education events
Serve as the direct laboratory contact for outside clinicians.
Medical, Dental and Life Insurance available, Paid Time Off and a 403-b retirement plan.
Patti Gallagher, Operations Director, at 440-632-1668 or Patti@ddcclinic.org for more information.
DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility serving patients with complex medical needs. Located in Middlefield, Ohio, we have been recognized internationally for our state of the art genetic research.Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs caused by rare genetic disorders. Founded in 1998 by five local Amish families committed to helping tomorrow’s special children, we now serve over 1500 patient families in 35 US states and 8 foreign countries. DDC Clinic is a unique collaboration of the Amish and non-Amish communities, dedicated doctors and researchers all working together to find answers for parents and treatments for children. The Clinic was built on the “medical home” concept defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We provide comprehensive and personalized medical care for special children with over 70 different rare conditions. Our in-house certified genetics laboratory provides rapid, high quality & affordable testing and we conduct patient centered research - always seeking faster diagnoses, better understanding, and improved treatments for our children.Our work within this community... can have a broad impact as we translate our findings to the general population by increasing the knowledge base, improving diagnosis and treatment, with an eventual hope of aiding in disease prevention. Many rare genetic disorders actually share common biological and metabolic pathways with more commonly occurring diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases, and thus these rare genetic diseases can greatly simplify complex biomedical problems and provide significant strategies against common diseases and health issues.We offer personalized education and support services for patient families. No family is ever turned away based on ability to pay.DDC Clinic is a gathering place; a place of love, compassion and caring; a place where people take the time to listen and share; a place of faith and hope.