Position Summary and Key Responsibilities:
As part of a multidisciplinary team help provide individuals and families information about genetics and cancer risk assessment process, and assist them with strategies to cope with cancer risk information. This position is accountable for the oversight of the Cancer Risk Counselors. Assist with the design and conduct of clinical research trials within the Department. Act as a team leader in clinical and administrative settings. Coordinate patient scheduling and oversee clinic matters, as well as act as a liaison for the Division.
- Train and direct the work of Cancer Risk Counselors.
- Collection of detailed family histories (both maternal and paternal).
- Retrieval and review of medical records for key affected individuals.
- Pedigree assessment and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes.
- Use appropriate models to estimate genetic and empiric cancer risk.
- Assist with informed consent discussion, including benefits of genetic knowledge and family risk communication, privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues.
- Educate patients about the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing.
- Advise and assist the attending physician regarding selection of laboratory, coordination of testing and interpretation of test results.
- At the direction of the attending physician, provide patient education regarding risk–appropriate medical management and screening options.
- Assist the attending physician with psychosocial assessment.
- Provide post-test education, counseling and support.
- Scribes medical consultation reports jointly with physician.
- Participates in Departmental cancer genetics research, including but not limited to enrolling subjects, coordinating studies and taking a primary role in design of new projects.
- Prepares and presents research results at professional meetings, and co-authors related publications.
- Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
- Coordinates clinic and supervises clinic-related matters, including triage process, patient scheduling, phlebotomy and encounter documentation.
- Develops and assists with implementation of new clinic procedures and protocols to ensure highest quality of patient care.
- Coordinates internships and oversees genetic counseling student and fellow rotations.
- Serves on institution committees as a representative of the division.
Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
The position directly supervises: Total of 6 direct reports (4 genetic counselors, 1 clinic coordinator and 1 pedigree project specialist.)