The Genetics Counselor provides genetic counseling to patients and families including a wide range of genetic conditions with assessment of recurrence and occurrence of the condition, nature of the condition, mode of inheritance, recurrence risk, treatments, prognosis, available services and support groups.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Obtain and interpret specific data including family history, birth history, medical history and test results. Integrate clinic and genetic information for specialized laboratory and clinical testing. Assess the patient and family members; level of understanding of development and behavioral relationships.
- Participate as a team member in informative and educational sessions. Assure laboratory testing is coordinated within and outside the institution.
- Prepare a written report of the patient’s clinic visit for the referring physician, agencies and families including recommendations.
- Coordinate the implementation of those recommendations.
- Handle inquiries from patients, physicians, nurses and community agencies regarding patient referrals, management and genetic questions. Develop a working knowledge of healthcare and social services available to children with special needs in West Virginia and surrounding states.
- Intervention with local families, agencies and physicians by heightening the awareness of services and health behaviors that may reduce the symptoms of a genetic condition, facilitate the successful adaptation of the disease process, education about, administer and monitor responses of therapy of genetic conditions, advocate for and facilitate access to genetic resources and support groups and network with members of the genetic community locally, nationally and internationally as needed.
- Teach classes and workshops on genetic evaluation and genetic conditions to residents, students and community groups as requested.
- Schedule patients. Communicate with local physicians and families the timeliness of genetic evaluation for individuals and prenatal patients.
- Fill out paperwork including computer forms, billing forms and other date forms on each patient.
- Travel required for outreach clinics.
This is one of three Genetics Counselors positions in University Health Associates Department of Pediatrics which has grant funding support by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources "Identification and Management of Genetically Determined Diseases Through a Series of Statewide-Outreach Clinics". Genetics Counselors travel with the Genetic faculty members to outreach clinics in the following locations in West Virginia: Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, and Wheeling. The travel schedule is below:
- Beckley – two days each month
- Charleston – one to two times a month (first time combined with Huntington Clinic and second with Parkersburg Clinic)
- Huntington – once a month
- Martinsburg – two days every other month
- Parkersburg – once every other month
- Wheeling – one day each month