The Genetic Counselor at Stroger Hospital will be responsible for both cancer genetic counseling in the Cancer Risk Program providing care to a diverse patient population. The position includes involvement in various research studies relating to genetic counseling and testing, occasional grant writing and reporting, and education of students and residents. Must be able to work well independently and as part of a team, and have interest in maintaining and continuing to build genetic counseling and testing programs at Cook County Health and Hospital System.
Provide cancer risk and prenatal assessment through genetic counseling and coordinate genetic testing for appropriate/eligible patients who are often uninsured or underinsured.
Facilitate decision making with patients regarding various genetic testing and management options.
Provide appropriate documentation of clinic visits, follow up and testing results
Interact with a multidisciplinary oncology or OB team to ensure high quality patient care.
Collaborate with other institutions on various research studies relating to cancer genetics.
Assist with grant writing and reporting to maintain support for the program.
Educate medical residents, students, fellows, and genetic counseling students on hereditary cancer syndromes and prenatal genetic anomalies.
Master’s degree from an accredited Genetic Counseling training program by the time of hire; Master’s degree in Ethics is preferred.
Certification or eligibility for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling by the time of hire.
Illinois state licensure or ability to obtain Illinois State Licensure with 12 months of hire is required.
Ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts and genetic testing options to patients with low literacy.
Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively work in a multidisciplinary setting as well as with a diverse patient population.
Prior experience working or training in genetic counseling in the CCHHS outpatient setting is preferred.