Genetic Counselor -Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center (RIMGC):

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Req ID: 17644

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Genetic Counselor will work within the recently established Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center (RIMGC) at CHOP along with its physicians, genetic counselors and staff. The RIMGC provides services to facilitate genome-level testing (panels, exome/genome testing) across all specialties in the hospital, participates in exome analysis with the Division of Genomic Diagnostics, and provides follow-up counseling services to patients and families after return of test results as needed/requested. Responsibilities will include direct patient care and genetic counseling, development of educational materials, participation in clinical research and participation in other activities of the RIMGC.

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As a clinically-based Genetic Counselor, the major duties will be as follows:

Reviews patient information, evaluates family history, conducts risk assessment, and recommends medical or genetic testing bases on analysis. 

Provides crisis intervention and psychosocial counseling as necessary. 

Works directly with the Attending physician assigned to the patient population. 

May assist with education/ mentorship within the Division, along with serving as a supervisor to Genetic Counseling graduate students during their clinical rotations. 

May be involved with research activity related to their specialized patient population.


New grads welcome! 

Job Responsibilities

Case preparation

  • Identify essential medical records
  • Interpret acquired history to form basic framework of the patient’s need for triage
  • Prepare letters of medical necessity to authorize requested genetic testing

Clinical Duties

  • Contract with patients and families to elicit expectations and knowledge of child’s current medical situation
  • Obtain patient’s medical and family histories by conducting and interviewing patients and families for probable diagnoses using symptoms and relevant clinical information
  • Analyze and interpret medical and family history as a basis for differential diagnosis, risk assessment and options for genetic testing by using knowledge of inheritance patterns, epidemiologic data, quantitative genetics principles and statistical models.
  • Apply knowledge of inheritance, etiology, clinical features, and natural history of genetic disorders, and birth defects to assess and calculate genetic and teratogenic risks
  • Provide a case summary to medical geneticist by synthesizing, organizing and summarizing pertinent medical and genetic information
  • Complete appropriate medical documentation/charting for all patient encounters in EPIC.
  • Participate in exome sequencing variant analysis process by completing phenotype entry into the laboratory database (SOFT) and by participating in the variant clinical correlation sessions

Genetic Testing Recommendations

  • Explain procedures, evaluate risks, benefits and limitations of recommended testing to facilitate informed consent
  • Identify/Recommend referrals to other health care professionals
  • Introduce and help families evaluate risks, benefits, and limitations of client participation in research and new studies.
  • Organize testing by identifying testing lab, obtaining forms, preparing forms for lab draws.


  • Communicate, understand, listen and manage each individual patient’s case by identifying family dynamics, emotional responses, support, cognition, retention and ethno-cultural issues.
  • Elicit and interpret individual and family experiences, behaviors, emotions, perceptions and attitudes to clarify beliefs and values with regard to patient/family responses to genetic risks and testing options.


Job Responsibilities

Follow up

  • Follow labs, specialist referrals, research testing and outside clinical consultations
  • Interpret lab results by using medical records, medical and genetic literature and computerized databases
  • Convey genetic, medical and technical information regarding results, diagnosis, etiology, natural history, prognosis, treatment and management
  • Explain technical and medical aspects of diagnostic and screening methods for future reproductive options including associated risks, benefits and limitations
  • Coordinate additional testing for patient and family members
  • Provide short term, client centered counseling and psychological support by assessing psychosocial needs and psychopathology to provide anticipatory guidance
  • Document and present case information clearly and concisely for health professionals and families (both orally and in writing) by designing, conducing and periodically assessing the management plan and follow-up and responding to emerging issues.
  • Assess local, regional and national resources and services (support groups and professional agencies) and access information pertinent to patient’s specific clinical diagnosis
  • Serve as an advocate for clients to represent their interests in accessing services and responses from the medical and social service systems

Professional Expectations

  • Organize and conduct professional education outreach by participating in genetic rounds, medical/counseling education.
  • Establish and maintain inter-and intradisciplinary professional relationships to function as part of a health care delivery team
  • Demonstrate continued professional growth with current standards of practice and clinical research by attending and/or presenting at national and regional professional conferences. 


  • Participate in ongoing research projects through RIMGC based on personal interest and programmatic needs

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Genetic Counselor License - PA

Board-Eligible and/or Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (Entry)

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited program.

Demonstrated ability in counseling skills, techniques and other related areas.

Subject to pressure related emergency clinical problems.

Must have a high degree of flexibility of skills and hours.

Pediatric experience an asset

Ability to work well in a team environment

Molecular genetic/genomic knowledge an asset

Excellent interpersonal and social skills.

Prior experience with clinical data or research data is preferred.

Basic skills with Microsoft office, Filemaker and Epic an asset.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 

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