• Genetic Counselor

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(11/1/2018 10:05 AM)
    Job ID
    Allied Health
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    Genetic Counselors in the Center for Genetics & Prevention (GEP) program provide genetic counseling services to adult and pediatric patients in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  Patients may be seen by genetic counselors independently as “GC consults,” and also in partnership with physicians, including medical geneticists, gastroenterologists and medical oncologists.  While each genetic counselor may develop certain areas of expertise, all genetic counselors are cross-trained to be able to see the full range of hereditary cancer conditions, including hereditary breast and ovarian syndrome, hereditary GI cancers, sarcoma, GU cancers including prostate and renal, hematologic malignancies, brain tumors, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, SDH-associated syndromes, VHL and others.  Interested and qualified applicants may also consider taking on a role working with the Proactive Study, a DFCI institute-wide initiative offering tumor and germline sequencing.  


    We are a group of 17 genetic counselors working as part of a large multidisciplinary team, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, a psychologist, and 4 genetic counseling assistants. 


    • Provide genetic counseling for patients in the Center for Cancer Genetics & Prevention.
    • Provide consultation services for patients in other Dana-Farber disease centers and clinics, including our Satellite locations
    • Review medical records documentation of cancer and other diagnoses to facilitate evaluation and assessment of family histories
    • Coordinate collection of blood and tissue samples for genetic analysis
    • Communicate with patients, other genetic counselors and health care professionals to review family histories and determine eligibility for genetic testing and research protocols
    • Aid in the professional development of genetic counseling interns, medical students and other health care providers 

    Additional responsibilities will vary depending on the Genetic Counselor's level, and may involve increasingly independent roles including:

    • Provide genetic counseling services for satellite clinics or participate in the development and expansion of existing Dana-Farber clinics/consult programs
    • Educate oncology and community health providers
    • Facilitate support groups, patient education conferences, and create patient oriented materials
    • Communicate with media and outside organizations regarding cancer genetics
    • Lead or aid in clinical research studies on hereditary cancer syndromes and/or cancer prevention
    • Submit data for abstracts or presentation at major genetics and/or oncology meetings, and/or submit manuscripts for publication
    • Take a lead role in the Institute's initiative on genomic analysis for cancer patients
    • Serve as a mentor and guide for other staff, encouraging professional growth
    • Aid in training of genetic counselors and other staff in variant analysis and interpretation
    • Coordinate internal education of genetic counselors through patient reviews, journal clubs and lectures as necessary
    • Initiate, delegate and oversee clinical research projects


    • Master's degree in Genetic Counseling
    • Board Certified (GC II and GC III), or Board Eligible (GC I) by ABGC
    • Licensed or provisionally licensed in the state of Massachusetts
    • 0-3 years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics (GC I)
    • 3+ years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics (GC II)
    • 7+ years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics, or 5+ years for GC’s with a PhD in a related field (GC III)

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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