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. Assist with the design and conduct of clinical research trials within the Department.
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.
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 following shared, organization-wide competencies describe the desired behaviors that will facilitate success at City of Hope:
1. Communication - Expresses ideas clearly and constructively (written and spoken, upward and downward, one-on-one and with groups).
2. Customer Service - Seeks to understand customer needs and works to exceed customer expectations (internal and external).
3. Initiative - Looks for opportunities to improve performance; manages time, work, and relationships effectively and efficiently.
4. Professionalism - Treats others with respect; abides by the institutional values; displays a positive and cooperative attitude; adheres to the workplace Code of Conduct and compliance policies.
5. Stewardship - Identifies efficiencies to reduce redundancy and/or elimination of tasks resulting in savings of cost, resources, and or/time.
6. Teamwork - Works proactively and collaboratively with others to streamline work and achieve mutual goals.
Minimum Education: Master of Science in Genetic Counseling with ABGC board certification
Minimum Experience: 5 or more years experience in genetic counseling, 1 or more years experience in cancer genetic counseling specialty.
Required Courses/Training: Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling. Specialized courses and clinical training in the genetics of cancer.
Req. Certification/Licensure: California genetic counselor license. American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification. Preferred Management Experience. Working with others to supervise/delegate tasks.
Preferred Field of Expertise: Cancer Genetics
Skills (Other): Ability to accurately assess heritable cancer risk. Ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts of cancer risk information to patients and families. Ability to deal with families in crisis. Work well with supervision in the clinic setting. Work independently with minimal supervision in the research venue
Software: Microsoft Word. E-Mail. Excel. PowerPoint. Oacis. Epic. Progeny pedigree database
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced c...are go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.