ResponsibilitiesOur Genetic Counselor will provide genetic counseling services to the UCLA Neurogenetics Program as part of the UCLA Institute of Precision Medicine. This role will work directly with medical staff, providing information and support to families who have members with genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited neurological conditions and will assist with identification of family members at risk, document symptoms present within the family, interpret clinical information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns within families and assess risks of inheritance, and review available options with the staff and family. Our Counselor will also assist staff with arranging appropriate clinical genetic testing if indicated.
QualificationsProfessional knowledge of the rapidly changing principles and practices of medical genetic and genetic counseling Effective oral and written communication skills Teaching and evaluation skills Ability to provide appropriate support and responsiveness to anxious patients and families Working knowledge of available clinical and research resources for patients Ability to demonstrate independent knowledge-seeking behavior Knowledge of psychosocial aspects including risk perception, support mechanisms, coping mechanisms, relationships, and decision making processes Ability to perform medical/research literature searches from worldwide databases such as PUBMED. Ability to read, understand, interpret, and extrapolate research found in the medical literature to clinical applications Ability to identify, evaluate, and administer appropriate educational materials in order for patients to understand complex genetic information Working knowledge of clinical neurogenetics Working knowledge of human genetics Working knowledge of genomic testing including diagnostic exome sequencing Working knowledge of IRB policies and protocols. Skill in interacting with groups from a broad range of socioeconomic, educational, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, research personnel, and investigators Skill in operating a word processor, spreadsheets, navigating online public databases of genetic and genomic information, and operating related computer programs Ability to recognize, assess, and make appropriate recommendations regarding solutions or clarifications to concerns, problems, and quandaries that should present themselves while performing patient care Ability to effectively communicate solutions or clarifications of concern, problems, and quandaries to the respective parties involved. Degree: Master of Science or Master of Arts in Genetic Counseling conferred by a genetic counseling program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) License(or temporary) issued by the State of California, board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).
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