Responsible for supporting genetic counselors’ clinical activities (e.g., in the Maternal Fetal Medicine or Cancer Institute) and clinical research studies in Geisinger’s Genomic Medicine Institute. This position is intended to provide valuable experience for individuals who plan to apply to graduate genetic counseling programs.
Assists genetic counselors to coordinate clinical activities, including coordination of genetic screening and testing, follow-up of genetic results, and a variety of other administrative tasks to support the clinic.
Works with genetic counselors, researchers, and staff on current research projects. Tasks include: participant recruitment, data entry and data collection guided by written protocols, development of educational materials, performance of literature searches, and potential opportunities for qualitative interviews.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manages the dissemination of genetic screening/testing results.
• Collects relevant clinical information, prepares documentation for genetic counseling use, and assists in patient scheduling to ensure appropriate referrals for genetic counseling.
• Assists the principal investigators in day-to-day project activities such as maintaining study documentation, attending study meetings, etc.
• Conducts data entry and updates computer files used for project monitoring and data collection.
• Assists with data collection activities including participant recruitment contact and follow-up.
• Conducts literature searches and fact-finding research to support project development.
• Performs other duties as required.
*Denotes essential job functions.
SPECIFIC POSITION DUTIES:
Lead informed consent process for studies in genomic medicine and precision health.
Support a genetic counseling clinic by managing referrals and test results.
Demonstrate the ability to develop patient friendly education materials at the appropriate reading level.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrated moderate to advanced computer skills required and will be assessed at time of hire.
Demonstrated knowledge of basic research methodology and research data collectionpreferred.
Demonstrated ability to work independently.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including communicating clearly and sensitively with patients, families, referring clinicians, and research colleagues.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Candidate has been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better; and Candidate has a strong interest in pursuing graduate level academic training in Genetic Counseling.
Preferred Undergraduate coursework should include at least 4 courses in Biology, including General Genetics; 3 courses in Chemistry including General, Organic, and Biochemistry; and 2 courses in Psychology; and 1 course in general Statistics.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in an office or clinical environment. Some travel within the System may be required. The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES:
Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
HENRY HOOD CENTER FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (HHCHR):
Located on Geisinger Medical Center’s campus in Danville, Pa. was founded in 2003 and is a comprehensive enterprise that promotes traditional health services and clinical, epidemiologic and translational research.
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
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programs, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
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