We are seeking a Genetic Counselor to work collaboratively within The Clinical Genome Center (CGC) at Johns Hopkins University. The newly developed clinical molecular laboratory is 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 CGC is committed to offering state of the art clinical molecular testing for inherited disorders in compliance with the highest regulatory standards. The CGC will apply next generation DNA sequence analysis (NGS) to clinical diagnostics. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing pre- and post-analytic support for the CGC's Whole Exome Sequencing services. As part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, opportunities exist 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 CGC and internal/external entities in regards to services offered through the CGC and JH Genomics. Coordinate genetic testing including informed consent, sample receipt, and results reporting between Coordinate genetic testing including informed consent, sample receipt, and results reporting between the CGC and referring providers.
1. Review and summarize patient's clinical phenotype and medical history prior to testing.
2. Perform clinical whole exome sequencing data review and variant interpretation using online databases, in-silico variant analysis tools, and comprehensive assessment of the scientific literature.
4. Effectively communicate whole exome sequencing results to referring physicians, genetic counselors, and other clients.
Work as part of the CGC team to assure high quality clinical genetic testing. Assist with the development and maintenance of protocols for test requests including lab requisition forms, LIMS updates, and electronic result reporting.
Provide marketing support on behalf of the CGC 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. Participate in the mentorship and assessment of trainees who rotate through the lab.
Master's degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics OR Must have Active Candidate Status for the ABGC Board of Examination. Must successfully obtain ABGC Certification within two (2) years of hire date. Must maintain certification by completion of the required CEUs for the period prescribed by the Board. Prior experience working in a CAP-certified clinical laboratory; preferred. 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 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. 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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