The Southern Alberta Clinical Genetic Service comprises of a highly committed team responsible for the provision of high quality and evidence based genetic services to over 2 million Southern Alberta residents. Services are provided through a hub and spoke model with the tertiary centre located at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. This casual genetic counsellor position is located in Calgary and reports to the manager of Clinical and Metabolic Genetic Services, Calgary Zone. Working in consultation with the clinical geneticists, the genetic counsellor position is responsible for the case management of assigned patients. Responsibilities include but are not exclusive to: receiving and processing genetic referrals, ensuring a complete family history and determining the requirements for relevant medical and lab records; evaluating a patient’s genetic risk based on family and medical history, conducting individual and family genetic counselling sessions, supporting follow up of geneticist lead clinics, supporting patients through grief and decision making processes, dictating consult letters, coordinating genetic testing and follow up of results including out of province testing, collaborating with other health care disciplines to ensure optimal patient care, public and health professional education, supporting research. Preference will be given to a genetic counsellor with strong genetic counselling experience.
As a Genetics Counsellor I, you will determine a patient or family's risk for a genetic condition, interpret test results, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of occurrence or recurrence, and review available options with the individual/family in a manner that promotes informed choice. You will assist patients, families and/or medical care providers to understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of how genetics contributes to disease. In addition, you may guide individuals/families and other clinicians in discussions about testing options, test result interpretation, prevention, medical management, newborn metabolic screening, and options for prenatal diagnosis. You may also provide supportive counselling to individuals/families and other clinicians with sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity and how they address potential ethical issues. Furthermore, you may serve as a patient advocate and refer individuals and families to available support services, and as an educator and resource for other healthcare professionals and the general public.
Classification: Genetic Counselor
Union: HSAA Facility PROF/TECH
Department: Genetics Counselors
Primary Location: Alberta Children's Hospital
Multi-Site: Not Applicable
Posting End Date: 31-JAN-2020
Employee Class: Casual/Relief
Date Available: 17-FEB-2020
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: Varies
Shifts per cycle: Varies
Shift Pattern: Days
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Minimum Salary: $41.58
Maximum Salary: $55.25
Vehicle Requirement: N/A
Completion of master's degree in Genetic Counselling. Board Certification or eligibility with either the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) or the American Board of Genetic Counsellors (ABGC).
Additional Required Qualifications:
Advanced knowledge of genetic disorders including the implications of diagnosis, prognosis, inheritance, testing and management. Competencies and confidence in providing 1:1 and phone genetic counselling sessions, completing dictations and ability to effectively meet the clinical demands. Must have the ability to work as an effective team member while at the same time, able to work independently. Experience, knowledge and sensitivity to psychosocial issues unique to the field, ethical issues and dilemmas, knowledge and identification of appropriate resources. Clinical scheduling and tracking systems are used. Confidence and previous experience is reduce the learning curve is a preference. Specific systems used are Clinibase, escheduler; Access Microsoft and Netcare.
A preferred candidate is one who has experience and confidence working in pediatric and adult genetic subspecialties. A minimum two (2) years genetic counselling experience and extensive knowledge and confidence working within the Alberta health system is an asset.