Christiana Care is a 906-bed, 1.3-million-square-foot, modern facility in Newark, Delaware. Christiana Hospital provides a level of care only available in large-scale teaching hospitals. Our mission is for the love of health to serve our neighbors as expert, caring partners in their health. Our Center for Medical Genomics currently has 6 genetic counselors that provide genetic counseling across multiple service lines, including oncology, prenatal, NICU, cardiovascular, neurology and adult services. The Center for Medical Genomics is currently recruiting for Full-time Genetic Counselors to join our team.
Opportunities for employment are available in the following areas of genetic counseling:
Prenatal/Preconception genetic counseling
Cardiovascular Genetic Counseling
Autism/neurogenetics and Adult genetics
Cancer Genetic Counseling
Our genetic counselors are responsible for conducting intake screening and risk assessment, explaining the nature and scope of testing procedures, and following up with results. We also provide opportunities to teach and supervise residents, fellows, undergraduate students and graduate genetic counseling students. The genetic counselors will also provide educational lectures to professionals as well as participate in community outreach. Educational enrichment is integral to the position with participation in journal clubs, and case conferences.
Requirements: Master's degree in Human Genetics/ Genetic Counseling. ABGC or ACMG Board certification is required at hire or the individual must be ABGC board eligible and have active candidate status. In addition, the candidate must obtain a Delaware Genetic Counselor license. Board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling is required for continued employment as this is a necessary requirement for licensure. One year experience desired, but not required.
About Christiana Care: Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country's most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women's health. ChristianaCare is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.
To provide genetic counseling for prenatal or preconception genetic counseling to high risk patients and family members. Clients are referred for AMA, abnormal serum screening, sonographic abnormalities, family history of genetic syndromes and birth defects, and pregnancy exposures. To represent Christiana Care Health System in State and regional activities regarding genetic services.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prenatal Genetics: To provide prenatal or preconception genetic counseling to high risk patients and family members. Clients are referred for AMA, abnormal serum screening, sonographic abnormalities, family history of genetic syndromes and birth defects, and pregnancy exposures. Identify areas for additional education for physicians, healthcare providers and community. To maintain the prenatal risk database and create pedigrees using the progeny software. To provide coverage for adult, cancer and cardiovascular genetics as needed.
Works with the appropriate physician or health care professionals in supporting consultation requests from persons or families with a history of birth defects, genetic disorders, or at risk for aneuploidy. In addition provide genetic consultation when needed for coverage for certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, adult-onset genetic conditions or adults with genetic conditions. Obtains and interprets information from multiple sources to identify counseling needs and provide the care needed.
Demonstrates skills and knowledge to provide genetic counseling for Adult clients. Communicates follow-up and action plan with referring physician or health professional and client.
Develops and coordinates educational programs for professional cancer health care personnel within CCHS.
Initiates, writes, administers and/or coordinates educational and research grants in both principal and collaborative investigations. Writes and publishes in peered reviewed journals.
Educates professionals informally in daily clinical situations or multi-disciplinary team conferences.
Maintains required credentials; completes mandatory inservice programs as scheduled; assumes responsibility for ongoing professional growth; exhibits a high level of professionalism; acts as role model for staff and others in the organization.
Maintains current knowledge of genetic counseling issues in prenatal and preconception counseling.
Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices; reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.
Performs other related duties as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Master's degree in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling. Certified Genetic Counselor or Board eligible, or certified Genetic Nurse Practitioner, or physician. Certification and ongoing certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling required for continued employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
Knowledge of genetics and the impact on oncology.
Knowledge of clinical oncology care.
Knowledge of information systems and high risk family cancer registries.
Knowledge of Performance Improvement process.
Skilled in oral and written communications.
Skilled in listening to others.
Ability to counsel patients according to genetic counseling standards.
Ability to counsel patients who have inheritable genetic defects.
Ability to counsel patients when there is a genetic impact of abnormal findings.
Ability to respond appropriately and effectively to patient's crisis situations.
Ability to use common computer software for daily work and data input and retrieval.
Ability to collaborate with clinicians and other staff and maintain positive working relationships.
Ability to exercise tact, judgment and diplomacy.
Ability to relate to people in a manner to gain confidence and establish support; ability to maintain confidentiality.
Master's degree for an accredited Genetic Counseling program. American Board of Genetic Counseling eligible or certified. Delaware License for Genetic Counseling (provisional or full)
Day Shift, No Rotation
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Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
Christiana Hospital, Newark, Delaware.
This 1,007-bed, 1.3-million-square-foot modern facility provides a level of care only available in large-scale teaching hospitals. Christiana Hospital includes Delaware's only Level-I Trauma center (as verified by the American College of Surgeons), which is prepared to handle the most extreme medical emergencies. In fact, it is the only Level-I Trauma center on the East Coast corridor between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Christiana Hospital has also been nationally recognized in U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Hospitals rankings as #1 in Delaware and #3 in the Philadelphia metro area, plus High Performing in 9 Adult Procedures/Conditions.