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Genetic Counselor

Location: Denver, CO Job Number: 706868 Date posted: 06/14/2018
Description: Provides counseling to patients and families by direct and/or telephone contact; obtains genetic histories, assesses and evaluates pertinent risk factors; counsels patients and families about risk factors and proposed diagnostic procedures. Obtains signed consent forms, develops and records statistical data on caseload. Makes members/patients and their needs a primary focus of one's actions; develops and sustains productive member/patient relationships. Actively seeks information to understand member/patient circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs. Builds rapport and cooperative relationship with members/patients. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds quickly to meet member/patient needs and resolves problems.


Essential Responsibilities:
  • Participates in departmental/regional quality assurance activities; assists supervisors in developing new or revised policies, procedures and standards.
  • Develops and participates in education programs for physician, patients, families and staff. Receives and assesses calls from patients and health care providers regarding human genetics. Provides information on accessing program benefits, i.e., referral system.
  • Obtains, records and documents genetic history from referred patients to prepare information about family medical background related to genetically transferable medical or developmental disabilities. Prepares case history summaries for referring provider.
  • Provides counseling and obtains informed consent.
  • Coordinates specimen transfer to appropriate laboratory, monitors and reports test results to provider and patient.
  • Provides follow-up counseling and resources to patients when needed including referral to community support groups. Coordinates other genetic services as needed including appropriate diagnostic testing. Informs providers and patients of test results.
  • Develops and implements systems to insure documentation of appointments offered and follows-up with patients who fail to keep appointments. Assists with scheduling and consultation coordination.
  • Provides advice to patients about the availability, risks and limitations of genetic studies and blood tests and arranges for such tests to be conducted.
  • Coordinates the establishment and implementation of standardized protocols for the identification, referral and counseling of patients and families to keep abreast of current developments in genetic counseling issues including research, screening, testing, diagnostic procedures, behavioral sciences, clinical evaluations, and referral techniques.
  • Records statistical data on number of inquiries and histories obtained, number of screening, testing and diagnostic procedures performed.
  • Maintains adequate inventory of supplies.


  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A
    Education
  • Graduation from an American Board of Genetic Counseling accredited Master's degree program in genetic counseling or are eligible to graduate with a Master's degree in genetic counseling within 6 months.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A


    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated customer service skills, customer focus abilities and the ability to understand Kaiser Permanente customer needs.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling preferred.
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) and Taxonomy code preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in Genetic Counseling preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in Cancer Genetic Counseling preferred.
  • New graduates welcome to apply

  • Must pass boards within 6 months after hire

    Primary Location: Colorado,Denver,Franklin Medical Offices 2045 Franklin St. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: UFCW - Local 7 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Genetics Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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