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Prenatal Genetic Counselor

National Society of Genetic Counselors

This is a Full-time position in Baton Rouge, LA posted July 15, 2021.

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The Genetics Counselor works independently to provide comprehensive genetic counseling services for a variety of patients. The position is predominantly oncology genetics, with a smaller roll in neonatal intensive care genetic counseling and occasional prenatal/other genetic counseling.

Job Duties – Oncology

  • Works with patients referred by numerous internal and external providers for a broad spectrum of cancer genetic syndromes and other rare cancer genetic conditions.
  • Collects and evaluates the patient’s personal and family history to determine if appropriate genetic testing is needed, including completing comprehensive 3-generation pedigrees
  • Evaluates patients’ cancer risk and/or risk to carry cancer-predisposing genetic mutations and appropriately uses available risk models
  • Provides psychosocial assessment and support for all patients
  • Educates patients on the process of counseling and the information that will be obtained. Is available to patients/families to answer questions about process.
  • Obtains informed consent and offers appropriate testing options, including cost estimates. Completes genetic counseling paperwork for insurance prior-authorization when needed.
  • Provides post-test genetic counseling ensuring genetic test results are provided in the context of the patient’s personal, family history and/or empiric data. Discusses significance and impact of test results and provides evidence-based guidelines & recommendations to the patients for cancer screening and prevention plans. Provides educational resources & referrals, as needed.
  • Provides support for at-risk relatives and help coordinate relative testing, if appropriate
  • Attends and participates in weekly multidisciplinary breast cancer tumor boards, twice-monthly gynecologic cancer multidisciplinary tumor boards, and quarterly meetings for breast multidisciplinary team and breast leadership team.
  • Gives occasional presentations on oncology genetics to various audiences, including but not limited to: OBGYN residents; nurses; cancer survivor support groups; other medical professionals
  • Maintains a set of updated oncology genetics visual aids to use in genetic counseling sessions, creates new visual aids as needed.

Job Duties – Neonatal Intensive Care Services

  • Works as the local genetic counselor for SouthSeq – a multicenter research study involving whole genome sequencing of NICU infants suspected of having an underlying genetic condition.
  • Works closely with the local SouthSeq team as well as the Hudson Alpha team leaders in carrying out research study.
  • Discloses whole genome sequencing test results to parents of NICU infants, when the results are randomized to be disclosed by the site genetic counselor.
  • Completes brief follow-up documentation on disclosure.
  • Remains available on an on-call basis, during regular business hours, for calls from NICU providers that need help with coordinating genetic testing for a variety of genetic conditions.
  • Collaborates with the referrals department staff in Woman’s lab to determine appropriate labs to send NICU genetic testing specimens to.
  • Occasionally provide pre-testing genetic counseling to parents of NICU babies, which may include consenting for panel testing, microarray, or whole exome sequencing.

Job Duties – Other

Certificate CGC


Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: Genet03469

About Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital is the largest single specialty obstetrical hospital in the US and The Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion is the only facility of its kind in the country that combines the expertise of Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and delivers the most coordinated and advanced cancer care to women in one location.

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330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611
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