The Institute of Genetic Medicine is seeking a Genetic Counselor. The DNA Diagnostic Laboratory (DDL) at Johns Hopkins University was one of the first clinical molecular diagnostic labs and is now integrated within Johns Hopkins Genomics-a partnership between the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Headquartered in a newly constructed facility, JH Genomics combines research and clinical operations to provide a comprehensive center of excellence for innovative genomic technologies.
The DDL is committed to offering state of the art clinical molecular testing for inherited disorders in compliance with the highest regulatory standards. The DDL applies both classical and next generation molecular methods to clinical diagnostics. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing pre- and post-analytic support for the lab. There are additional opportunities to participate in one of several ongoing research projects with the DDL, and, as part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, for collaboration with nearly 30 genetic counselors across JHU and the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) within a variety of disciplines in clinical and laboratory settings.
Duties and Responsibilities: Act a liaison between the DDL and internal/external entities in regards to services offered through the DDL and JH Genomics. Coordinate genetic testing including informed consent, sample receipt, and results reporting between the CGC and referring providers. Perform pedigree analysis and communicate testing options to referrers. Perform variant interpretation tasks using online databases, in-silico variant analysis tools, and comprehensive assessment of the scientific literature. Write customized laboratory reports. Effectively communicate results and recommendations to referring physicians, genetic counselors, and other clients.
Work as part of the DDL team to assure high quality clinical genetic testing. Assist with the development and maintenance of protocols for test requests including lab requisition forms, database updates, and electronic result reporting. Participate in the mentorship and assessment of trainees who rotate through the lab. Provide marketing support on behalf of the DDL and JH Genomics in the form of marketing materials, attending and organizing meetings (local and national), and providing input for the website and social media outreach.
Master's degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Must seek certification as a genetic counselor from the ABGC within two years of hire date. Prior clinical experience in a job that required genetic test coordination or prior experience working in a CAP-certified clinical laboratory; preferred. Must maintain certification by completion of the required CEUs for the period prescribed by the Board. Current CPR certification required. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. Successful completion of the JHH credentialing process is required prior to start date.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must have excellent interpersonal skills and strong computer skills including familiarity with online databases (ExAC, HGMD, dbSNP, etc.) and in-silico variant assessment tools (SIFT, PolyPhen, etc) to aid in variant interpretation in addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements: Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm. Communication skills. Ability to; lift, carry, move supplies, computers, glassware, etc. Ability to move about workspace.
This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
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