Works with individuals and families with a history of genetic anomalies, and with those at risk for having a child with a relevant birth defect or genetic condition. Establishes a mutually agreed upon genetic counseling agenda, assesses and calculates genetic and teratogenic risks, prepares reports and provides family support with links to community resources and specialty clinic coordination.
Expert consultative and communications skills
Bilingual in English and Spanish highly preferred
Ability to work as a team member, and individually, with minimal supervision
Proficiency with computers, basic software programs (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), and data entry into a database and Cerner (EMR)
Demonstrated formal and informal teaching skills
Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, families and co-workers
Ability to problem solve, formulate a plan of care and evaluate the patient’s response to care
Ability to interpret, adapt and react calmly under stressful conditions
Knowledge of biological sciences necessary to understand, interpret, and discuss medical conditions with respect to the provision of genetics counseling services
Analytical and numerical skills necessary to interpret pedigrees and genetic information, calculate and predict probability of genetic risk factors, and apply simple statistical tests on data
Essential Job Duties:
Collaborates with team members to establish correct diagnosis and treatment plan based on history and testing.
Initiates genetic evaluation for patients by assessing the reason for referral, obtaining necessary medical records, and gathering family histories as well as medical and developmental histories.
Provides education to patients about genetics, inheritance patterns, and natural history of condition(s) in question and suggests genetic testing.
Explains technical and medical aspects of diagnostic, screening methods, and reproductive options including associated risks, benefits and limitations to patient and family.
Produces a written report regarding genetic history and treatment plan in a timely manner utilizing data.
Identifies and accesses appropriate local, regional and national resources and services for families with genetic disorders.
Performs patient follow-up, including written and oral correspondence with referring physicians and communication with patient.
Assists in authorization for various laboratory tests and letters of medical necessity.
Coordinates various projects including but not limited to public and professional education.
Participates in graduate student/resident/fellow supervision, training and education.
Assures HIPAA compliance.
Collects data and coordinates/develops various projects as they arise.
Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling or Human Genetics from an Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) accredited training program
American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification within 2 years from date of hire
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, is Florida’s pediatric care leader. The 289-bed pediatric specialty hospital and its network of pediatric outpatient centers offers comprehensive care for children of the region and beyond.
You Want the Best for Your Child
Nicklaus Children’s main campus includes:
• The 51- bed Level III and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care... Unit receives referrals of the most critically ill neonates from hospitals throughout South Florida, and the Caribbean.
• The 28- bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit receives referrals of complex cases from throughout the region
• The 12- bed Cardiac Intensive Care
Unit was the first in the Southeast,
and provides care for newborns and children receiving treatment for congenital heart defects.
• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is home to South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric trauma center and one of the most visited emergency rooms in the nation.
Our Commitment to Excellence
• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has eight pediatric subspecialty programs ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospital” rankings. No other hospital in South Florida has more ranked programs.
• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute is the first and largest pediatric neuroscience collaboration in the nation. The program is recognized for excellence in treatment of children with brain tumors, intractable epilepsy and other brain anomalies, and offers the latest minimally invasive methods.The hospital is ranked 13th in the nation in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. No other program in Florida ranks higher.
• The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and is home to several medical firsts.
The Heart Program provides free EKG screenings to young sports and recreational participants to identify and correct conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.
• Nicklaus Children’s Cancer Center is one of the largest providers of pediatric cancer services in the region. The center participates in research protocols, offering the latest interventions for children receiving treatment for all forms of cancer and blood disorders.
• Nicklaus Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant program is accredited by the prestigious Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT).
• Miami Children’s Research Institute is one of the largest providers of pediatric research in the region. The institute has earned full reaccreditation from the Association of Human Research Protection Programs (AHRPP).
• Nicklaus Children’s LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport team provides transport of critically ill children from referring hospitals to Nicklaus Children’s critical care units. The program features ground ambulances, and fixed-wing and roto-wing aircraft. Aircraft are operated by contracted companies that are FAA certified.
• For the third time in a row, Nicklaus Children’s has been designated an Association of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. The hospital was the fifth pediatric hospital in the nation to achieve this recognition.
In 2015, the hospital received the ANCC’s Magnet Prize for its Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention program.
• Nicklaus Children’s has been named to Becker’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” list for its benefit offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion of work-life balance.
• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is proud to be ranked among the top 125 training organizations in the nation by Training magazine. The hospital has been included in the annual ranking since 2006.
• The IT Department at Nicklaus Children’s is consistently recognized as a leader in technology and innovation. The department has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld in its Best Places to Work in IT listing for the last four consecutive years. Nicklaus Children’s also achieved a Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics for attaining the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.
Our Community Outreach
• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is a significant contributor to the Miami-Dade County economy.
• The hospital is a leading provider of healthcare services for medically needy children. Each year the hospital contributes from $16 - $20 million in uncompensated care.
• At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists is already hard at work. The hospital is proud to be the largest provider of pediatric medical education in the southeastern United States.
• The hospital provides primary care and a medical home to the Medicaid population through its Pediatric Care Centers located on the main hospital campus, Kendall and in Weston. In 2015, the Pediatric Dental Residency Program provided dental services to 24,800 children and the Adolescent Dental Program provided services to more than 2,300 teenagers. Nicklaus Children’s also houses Early Steps Southernmost Coast, an early intervention program for children at risk of developmental delays. The program evaluates over 2,000 children annually.
• Nicklaus Children’s offers primary care services to needy children through the Health Connect in Our Schools program. The hospital provides nursing staff for school-based clinics situated in high-risk communities to ensure that children have access to care.
• Over the past 10 years, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has served children from every single county in Florida, providing care that only a world-class children’s hospital makes possible.
The story of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital began more than 65 years ago, with the 1950 opening of Variety Children’s Hospital. Variety Children’s was formed by Variety Clubs International, an organization of leaders from the entertainment industry who were committed to the care of indigent children. The opening was the fulfillment of a dream of Dr. Arthur Weiland, the region’s preeminent orthopedic surgeon, who had been committed to the creation of a specialty hospital, so that South Florida children could receive care close to home.
Miami community leader Ambassador David M. Walters activated the Miami Children’s Health Foundation in 1983. This philanthropic organization made possible the expansion of many programs needed to meet the needs of the children of South Florida. In 1983, the hospital assumed the name Miami Children’s Hospital and began its steady march to international prominence.
In honor and recognition of a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, the hospital and its network of outpatient centers assumed the Nicklaus name on March 20, 2015.