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Genetic Counselor-Oncology

Traverse City, MI


Posted on March 4, 2019

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About Genetic Counselor-Oncology

Be a Part of Building Our Future

This is a rare opportunity to work for a growing health care system – in a place you will love living.

Munson Medical Center, northern Michigan’s 442-bed regional referral center, seeks a Genetic Counselor for our brand new Cancer Center. Our financially-solid, nationally-recognized Magnet hospital is well positioned for continued growth and success. As part of the nine-hospital Munson Healthcare system based in Traverse City, Mich., we serve 540,000 people in a spectacular, four-season recreational region.

This is a great place to work, located in the heart of a great place to live. We have a talented staff, excellent benefits, and a wonderful working environment. Traverse City is well known as one of America’s top destinations for family vacations, local craft beer and wine, abundant fresh farm-to-table food, fun festivals, sailing, golf, hiking, a vibrant arts community, and miles of spectacular freshwater shoreline.

As a member of our Oncology team, you will work with our clinical specialists and collaborate with University of Michigan Health Services-all who strive to provide excellent patient care in a dynamic work environment. Our new Cancer Center has 160 clinical specialists and support staff, and averages 300 patients daily. Our Oncology team services 27 counties with opportunities for telemedicine expansion.

Requirements include a Master’s degree from an accredited genetic counseling program, board certified or eligible in genetic counseling by either the ABMG or ABGC.


A Master’s degree from an accredited genetic counseling program. The candidate must be board certified or board eligible in genetic counseling by either the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Minimum of two years clinical experience preferred.

Ability to work independently in decision-making, management issues, and problem solving are desirable.


Reports to the Director for Oncology Services

The genetic counselor works as part of a team of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners(s), and members of the breast health program, including radiologists, pathologists and nurses.


Clinical genetic services are provided for individuals and families with cancer or a strong family history of cancer.

Possesses and exercises a high level of public relations and communication skills; is consistent, diplomatic, and assertive when dealing with personnel, medical staff, clients, and visitors.

Able to develop and maintain good working relationships with personnel and promote open communication, staff development, collegiality and inter-departmental cohesiveness.


Services are offered primarily in the adult outpatient clinic or as part of satellite cancer clinics.

Works in well-lighted and clean surroundings.


Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below:

 Neonatal (birth-1 mo) X Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs) Infant (1 mo-1 yr) X Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs) Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs) X Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs) Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs) X Geriatric (65 yrs & above) 

X Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs) All ages (birth & above)

 No direct clinical contact with patients 


Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare

Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

Promotes personal and patient safety.

Has basic understanding of Relationship-Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.

Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.

Conducts and/or delegates intake of all referrals. Collect all relevant data via initial contact and follows up via telephone, e-mail, or mail from the referring physician. Includes family history, construction of a multi- generational pedigree, reviewing all relevant medical histories and assessing psychosocial factors.

Summarizes all information in an organized manner and, when needed, reviews cases with a physician.

On a patient by patient basis, may conduct pre-authorization and insurance verification of benefits for genetic counseling and testing. Keeps abreast of trends with reimbursement in the area of genetic counseling and testing (including tumor-genetic and genomic testing).

Counsel patients and families about nature of testing, risks, benefits, and possible results.

Arranges special laboratory testing (e.g., specimen collection, processing of specimens, billing), such as molecular DNA testing, skin biopsies, chromosome analysis, etc., explaining test, potential results and implications to the family. Serves as an advocate for families.

Communicates and interprets normal and abnormal test results to patients.

Counsels patients following testing and provide appropriate follow-up, counseling and coordination of any additional testing.

Arranges for additional medical consultations and referrals as necessary. Initiates referrals to appropriate local and community agencies.

Assists with research protocols involving tumor-genetic and genomic testing and germ-line testing.

Collaborates with MHC facilities and community providers to develop new processes and programs that enhance delivery of care in line with best practices.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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