Cancer Genetic Counselor

Professional Admin/Clinical Worcester, Massachusetts


Position at UMass Memorial Medical Group

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Requisition #: 216120

Title: Cancer Genetic Counselor

Department: Pediatrics Genetics

Posting Date: August 3, 2021

Status: Exempt

Shift: Days

Hours: 40

Location: UMass Memorial Medical Group – University Campus

Position Summary:

The Cancer Genetic Counselor will work independently to provide genetic services for patients with a personal and/or family history of cancer and/or other clinical indications suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome. He or she is under the supervision of the Geneticist but also works alongside Oncology staff and other providers at UMass Memorial Medical Center and other institutions to coordinate patient care.

This position would encompass two sites that are within a short driving distance.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Consults with and obtains detailed pedigrees from the patient and/or family members. Investigates possible history of genetic diseases. Identifies individuals with genetic risk. Introduces and reviews basic genetic principles and patterns of inheritance. Counsels patient and/or family members about genetic risk and reproductive outcomes. Makes referrals for extended services when necessary. Discusses genetic testing when appropriate and makes referrals to testing centers. Records significant content of all discussions and dictates summaries for medical records.
  • Administers genetic testing program. Explains the advantages and disadvantages, current methodology, and accuracy of genetic testing. Informs patient and other professionals of the protocols for genetic testing in-house and/or in referral centers. 
  • Acts as liaison between laboratories/clinics, patients, and referring physicians. Establishes and maintains patient files and handles general correspondence.
  • Provides educational programs. Prepares and conducts lectures, conferences, meetings, and departmental inservices. Acts as an educational resource.
  • Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in human genetics from an accredited program.
  • Board certified or eligible.
  • Provisional or full MA genetic counseling license to practice in Massachusetts.
  • Three + years’ experience.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Standards of Respect: