Genetic Counselor-MMC Outpatient Care

  • MaineHealth
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • May 04, 2021

Job Description


Maine Medical Center, on behalf of the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, is seeking an Oncology Genetic Counselor to join our team and provide services at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta in collaboration with the Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at Maine Medical Center. The genetic counselor is responsible for providing high-level genetic counseling. General duties include: identification of at-risk individuals that may benefit from genetic counseling or testing, clinical assessment of individuals and families regarding genetic cancer risk and risk management, and providing follow-up counseling. Additionally responsibilities include participation in tumor boards, support for Commission on Cancer Accreditation and providing education to patients and families as well as to health care providers in the community on genetics related topics.   The Cancer Genetic Counselor is a fulltime position with specialized education. The counselor's primary focus is to provide family history assessment and cancer genetic counseling for patients/families with cancer and or at risk for cancer. Patients/families are referred from a broad spectrum of cancer genetic syndromes including gastrointestinal, breast/ovarian, melanoma, and renal cell carcinoma, as well as, other rare cancer genetic conditions. Clinical time is devoted to the outpatient services within the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network organizations Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute in Scarborough. The cancer genetic counselor collaborates with the oncologist. Specific responsibilities of the cancer genetic counselor include the following: Family history analyses and pedigree maintenance; data coordination; chart organization; writing/dictation of consultation and summary letters to patients; Patient question follow-up; Informed consent process; Follow up with lab orders; Insurance pre-approvals; Insurance appeals; Physician contact and follow up.   Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Master's degree from an accredited Genetics Counseling training program.  Candidates may be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
  • Experience in cancer genetic counseling preferred, however, new grads are encouraged to apply.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a variety of personnel (e.g., patients, employees, physicians and other health care professionals.)
  • Computer skills proficiency.
  • Public speaking.

Additional Information

Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 606-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.