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POST DATE 8/11/2016
END DATE 10/28/2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Masters Degree



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.

Individuals in this position will work in the Genetics & Prevention program providing genetic counseling services to patients and families under the leadership of the Clinical Director and Disease Center Leader. Individuals in this position are required to aid in the training of genetic counseling interns, medical students, genetics fellows and other health care professionals. Patient and provider genetics education are an essential part of the job.


* Provide genetic counseling and testing in the Center for Cancer Genetics & Prevention, and the Center for GI Cancer Genetics & Prevention

* Provide consultation services for patients in other Dana-Farber disease centers and clinics

* Determine eligibility for genetic testing and research protocols

* Aid in the professional development of genetic counseling items, medical students and others

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

* Provide genetic counseling services for satellite clinic or participate in the development of existing clinics

* 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

* Aid in clinical research studies on hereditary cancer syndromes and/or cancer prevention

* Submit abstracts for presentation at major scientific meetings and 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

* Equivalent Master's degree may be sufficient if other qualifications are met

* Board Certified (GC II and GC III), or Board Eligible (GC I) by ABGC

* Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Massachusetts

* 0-3 years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics (GC I)

* 3-7 years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics (GC II)

* 7+ years of work experience in clinical cancer genetics (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.