Under the Direction of the director of the neurogenetics clinic, you will provide genetic counseling services to neurologic patients in the UCLA Neurogenetics Program. In this role, you will work with predominantly adult patients and families with a diverse range of neurological conditions including Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and epilepsy, among others.You will work directly with medical staff, providing information and support to families who have members with genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited neurological conditions.
You will also assist with identification of family members at risk, document symptoms present within the family, interpret clinical information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns within families and assess risks of inheritance, and review available options with the staff and family. As part of the UCLA Masters Program in Genetic Counseling, you will also provide supervision of students in the program and conduct lectures as needed and serve as educator and resource for other health care professionals and for the general public.
Master of Science or Master of Arts in Genetic Counseling conferred by a genetic counseling program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)
License issued by the State of California, board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Can be license eligible.
Professional knowledge of the rapidly changing principles and practices of medical genetic genetic counseling.
Teaching and evaluation skills
Ability to demonstrate independent knowledge-seeking behavior
Knowledge of psychosocial aspects including risk perception, support mechanisms, coping mechanisms, relationships, and decision making processes
Ability to perform medical/research literature searches from worldwide databases such as PUBMED.
Ability to read, understand, interpret, and extrapolate research found in the medical literature to clinical applications
Ability to identify, evaluate, and administer appropriate educational materials in order for patients to understand complex genetic information
Working knowledge of clinical neurogenetics
Working knowledge of human genetics
Working knowledge of genomic testing including diagnostic exome sequencing
Working knowledge of IRB policies and protocols.
Skill in interacting with groups from a broad range of socioeconomic, educational, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
Ability to recognize, assess, and make appropriate recommendations regarding solutions or clarifications to concerns, problems, and quandaries that should present themselves while performing patient care
Ability to effectively communicate solutions or clarifications of concern, problems, and quandaries to the respective parties involved.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.