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Genetic Counselor

Job Description

Job ID: 1218476
Employment Status: Full-Time
More Information:

Missouri Baptist Medical Center, an acute care hospital in St. Louis County, offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services, including heart care, cancer care, and women’s and infants’ services. The hospital has a 24-hour adult emergency department and cares for pediatric patients at a separate emergency department in collaboration with St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

In 2016, Missouri Baptist was named a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The prestigious designation is the highest credential a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care. Missouri Baptist is the first hospital in St. Louis County to achieve this recognition, which has been accomplished by less than 7 percent of hospitals nationwide. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital #2 in the St. Louis metro area.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare organizations.


The Breast HealthCare Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center offers a full range of screening and diagnostic testing including digital mammography, Breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided core biopsy, breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, and bone density scans. The Breast Health Care Center has a dedicated breast surgeon for inpatients as well as outpatients . It includes four digital mamm rooms, two ultrasound rooms, a stereo biopsy room, a mobile mammography program and an extensive outreach program. 


Role Purpose

The Genetic Counselor conducts genetic counseling, and pre- and post-testing support, if applicable for genetic testing, to patients who may be at risk for specific inherited conditions. The Genetic Counselor collects appropriate clinical and family information necessary for risk assessment, recommends and coordinates appropriate testing, and provides proper interpretation and follow up of test results. The Counselor also provides education and support to patients with a genetic diagnosis, and serves as a resource to health care providers, laboratories, and support staff regarding genetic predisposition, testing, recommended management and follow-up.


  • Using patient and family medical histories, and knowledge of inheritance patterns, quantitative genetics principles and epidemiologic data, assess the risk of occurrence or reoccurrence of a genetic condition and formulate recommendations for follow-up testing and case management.
  • Meet with individual patients and families to provide genetic counseling and care coordination based on risk assessment and follow-up of test results.
  • Utilize appropriate counseling and communication techniques to identify patient needs, cultural beliefs and emotional and behavioral responses and provides education, resources, and referral to meet these needs.
  • Researches and understands hospital, local and national resources available for patients and provides information and referrals as appropriate.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts education programs on medical genetics, patient care and genetic counseling issues. Coordinates with applicable ancillary departments to ensure organizational knowledge of the program. Participates regularly in cancer conferences as a resource to oncology service line to identify potential genetic predisposition based on current patient population.
  • BJC has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • Master's Degree
  • - Genetic Counseling or related



  • 5-10 years

    Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience

    Licenses & Certifications

  • Am Bd of Genetic Counseling


    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information



  • 10+ years

    Licenses & Certifications

  • Am Bd of Medical Genetics

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer