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Req #:165175Department:UWMC - MONTLAKE - MATERNAL INFANT CARE CLINICJob Location: UW Medical Center - Montlake Posting Date:02/17/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary: $31.27 - $43.44 per hour Shift:First Shift

UW Medicines mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrows physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Northwest Hospital & Medical Center (NWH), Valley Medical Center (VMC), UW Medical Center (UWMC), a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC) that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Childrens University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Childrens.

The Maternal and Infant Care Clinic has an outstanding opportunity available for a part-time, temporary/hourly, GENETICS COUNSELOR 1 to provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal setting. Under general direction, analyze and interpret family and personal health histories, prenatal ultrasound, maternal serum screening, and other genetic test results. Assess individual and/or reproductive risk and counsel clients with complex genetics problems such as abnormal ultrasound findings, abnormal maternal serum screen results, consanguinity, teratogen exposure, recurrent pregnancy loss, and/or family history of hereditary and chromosome abnormalities. Provide clinical care and/or instruction in genetics and genetic counseling.


  • Provide genetic counseling services to patients and/or families in a preconception/prenatal setting
  • Assist medical geneticist on behalf of the patient in identifying a list of possible disorders that could adversely affect a fetus and determine patient management needs including further testing, treatment or medical procedures
  • Discuss prognosis and management options with patient and primary caregiver and develop patient management plan
  • Compile complete family history; obtain and review medical records; assess risk of genetic disease and provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or families
  • Based on family medical history, records, testing, discuss with patients and their families the risks involved in pregnancy and options for further testing and/or treatment to pursue ; explain disease signs and symptoms, probability of recurrence, prognosis, diagnostic methods/procedures, alternate courses of action and available options including further testing, treatment or pregnancy termination
  • Identify which test to perform to address the specific condition or disorder evident in the medical history
  • Recommend genetic testing for patients and partners. May recommend specialized genetic testing for rare syndromes and metabolic disorders for patients and their partners who are either pregnant or considering having children and who have conditions or medical histories that could adversely affect a pregnancy
  • Coordinate ordering of test i.e. blood screen, placenta testing, etc. and disclosure of results; identify additional family members to be tested for potential carrier genes
  • Coordinate the handling and shipping of human samples for specialized genetic testing with outside laboratories
  • Provide follow-up patient care
  • Provide written documentation of clinic visit to referring providers;
  • Work as part of a team with perinatology, radiology, neonatology, social services, clergy, health providers and other appropriate resources. Make appropriate referrals as necessary
  • Assess possible ethical concerns
  • Perform other duties as required

    A Master's Degree in genetics counseling or a related field from a program accredited by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel
    One year of professional genetic counseling experience, or equivalent (student internship acceptable).
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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