Our Genetic Counselor job description includes the Administrative Assistant responsibilities, duties, skills, education, qualifications, and experience.
About the Genetic Counselor role
A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who helps individuals and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, individuals, and families who may be at risk for, or affected by, genetic conditions.
The purpose of a genetic counselor is to provide information and support to individuals and families who are at risk for, or have been diagnosed with, an inherited condition or birth defect. Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, and help individuals and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Genetic counselors may also provide education and support for individuals and families who are considering genetic testing or participating in research studies.
Genetic Counselor Summary
A Genetic Counselor is a health care professional with specialized training in medical genetics and counseling who can provide information and support to individuals and families who have, or may be at risk for, a genetic disorder. Genetic Counselors use a variety of tools and techniques to assess genetic risks, provide educational and emotional support, and help individuals and families make informed decisions regarding their health. They work closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care providers to provide comprehensive patient care.
Genetic Counselor Duties
- Provide counseling and support to individuals and families on topics related to genetic conditions and the implications of genetic testing results
- Assess patient and family needs and develop individualized care plans
- Collect medical and family histories to identify genetic risks
- Develop and implement educational programs for health care professionals and the public on topics related to genetic conditions
- Advise on medical, psychological and social risks associated with genetic testing
- Maintain accurate records and data on patient visits
Genetic Counselor Skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to work well with people of different backgrounds
- Knowledge of medical genetics
- Ability to interpret and explain genetic information
Genetic Counselor Requirements
- Bachelor's degree in genetics, biology, or a related field
- Master's degree in genetic counseling
- Knowledge of genetic counseling principles and techniques
- Ability to maintain accurate patient records
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills