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Genetic Counselor / Cancer Genetics Program/ San Diego / Full Time

Job ID JR128254 Date posted 09/07/2022
San Diego, California
  • Outpatient Pavilion
  • Day
  • Regular
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Sharp Laboratory Services is dedicated to excellence in providing quality care with each specimen drawn and test performed. At Sharp, we encourage a career of lifelong learning along with a healthy work-life balance.

Whether you’re newly licensed or a seasoned lab professional, there’s a place for you in one of our many lab settings. With full support from management and opportunities for career advancement, we empower our lab professionals to grow with us.

Success Profile

Wondering what qualities it takes to be a successful laboratory professional at Sharp? Here are some of the traits we're looking for.

  • Analytical
  • Logical
  • Focused
  • Efficient
  • Results driven
  • Collaborative

We are Sharp


Our leadership team promotes wellness, reward and recognition, flexible scheduling and work-life balance.

We have empowered our team to create innovative ways of providing patient-centered care, such as our unique drive-thru phlebotomy service and incorporating aromatherapy and hand massage into our practice to create a healing environment for our patients. These innovative services have received numerous awards from our organization and Planetree.

Career Path

The mission of the Laboratory Education program is to educate laboratorians in accordance with the highest professional standards; provide them with skills and knowledge enabling them to provide excellence in patient care; and stimulate and promote lifelong learning.

This education is offered to clinical laboratory scientists and phlebotomists to help them enhance their skills while earning CEUs. Training courses and seminars are offered throughout the year on laboratory topics such as phlebotomy, safety, microbiology, hematology, chemistry and pathology.


  • Medical, vision
    dental and more

    Our flexible benefits include a choice of two HMO medical plans (both of which include vision), two PPO dental choices, flexible spending accounts, accident insurance, long-term disability insurance and life insurance.

  • Generous vacation
    holiday and sick leave

    We offer one of the most generous plans among health care systems in San Diego, and new Sharp employees start with 25 days of paid time off in just the first year.

  • Wellness

    We focus on your overall well-being by giving you tools to improve both yourself and your life — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and environmentally. Our focus is on balanced health and wellness to help you reach your health goals and enjoy life along the way.

  • Employee assistance

    At Sharp, we understand that personal problems occasionally arise and you may need to seek outside professional advice. We’re here to help. Our employee assistance program helps employees develop and maintain a lifestyle that supports good health and productivity.

  • Retirement

    We’re proud to offer two retirement plans to match your needs. The Sharp$aver 401(a) plan matches your after-tax contributions and the 403(b) plan offers a long-term savings plan for pre-tax and Roth contributions with available loan and withdrawal provisions.

  • Educational opportunities
    and tuition reimbursement

    We support and encourage the growth and development of our employees through educational courses for credit in institutions of higher learning, continuing education programs (conferences, workshops, seminars) and specialty certification examinations.

  • Discount programs,
    perks and other benefits

    Our employees are eligible to participate in several group voluntary benefit plans — including group legal, college savings, critical illness insurance, group auto and home insurance and pet insurance.

Job Details


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Weekend Requirements:

No Weekends

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What You Will Do
To work as a collaborative member of the oncology healthcare team to provide information and support to families who have members affected with familial cancers, are themselves affected with familial cancers or who may be at risk for familial cancer. To identify families at risk, investigate disease present in the family, interpret and communicate information about the disorder, and analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence. To provide supportive counseling to families, serve as a patient advocate and refer individuals to community and state supportive services. To serve as an educator and resource for other healthcare professionals and for the general public. Be a participant in research activities related to the field of medical and oncology genetics and genetic counseling.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's Degree Genetic Counseling conferred by a GC program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is required within 90 days of hire
  • California Genetic Counselor License - CA Department of Public Health OR California Temporary Genetic Counselor License - CA Department of Public Health -REQUIRED

Preferred Qualifications

  • Clinical experience in genetic counseling for cancer susceptibility
  • Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC) - American Board of Genetic Counseling -PREFERRED

Other Qualification Requirements

  • Must be eligible for Board certification by the ABGC. The ABGC Genetic Counselor License is required within 1 year of hire date. License to be tracked and maintained by the department.

Essential Functions

  • Educational resource
    Recognized advisor to staff and/or groups in area of expertise. Acts as an educational resource to both customers and staff members.
    Advise and assist staff upon the appropriateness of patient referrals or professional inquiries for cancer genetic consultation.
    Participate in case conferences/tumor boards, in-services and continuing education events related to the position.
    Conduct formal and informal education programs for physicians, genetic counseling students, other healthcare professionals and community.
    Monitor and integrate new technologies, theories and resources into patient care, program design and education programs.
  • Lab duties
    Analyze and interpret clinical and/or laboratory findings.
    Dictate report for referring physician.
    Conduct literature reviews and consult with sub-specialists in relation to diagnostic workup, genetic risk assessment or genetic test result (i.e. genetic variant or rare syndrome).
    Analyze and interpret information obtained from the patient, medical records, and resource materials.
    Document all patient-related activities in medical records according to industry standards.
    Coordinate handling/shipment of samples for specialized genetic testing offsite as appropriate and in connection with pathology department.
    Assist with clinical studies, particularly in subject recruitment when appropriate.
  • Patient and family education
    Provides pre and post procedure education/consultation to patient and family.
    Ascertain the type of medical evaluation required.
    Obtain patient, family and medical history.
    Obtain and review pertinent medical records.
    Provide risk assessment based on pertinent patient, family and medical history.
    Make appropriate recommendations for genetic testing, evaluation or surveillance based on pertinent patient, family and medical history.
    Facilitate patients’ understanding of genetic, medical, and psychosocial information including risks, options, and procedures, test results and their implications.
    Ascertain concerns and questions of patients and address them accordingly.
    Support patients’ psychosocial needs.
    Serve as patient advocate including follow-up such as making referrals for services and financial coverage/authorization, tracking test results and conveying these results to patients and referring physicians.
    Provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or families as appropriate. This may include coordination/referral of patient connection to social services, clergy or other resources, based on individual need.
  • Professional competency
    Employees who are ABGC Board eligible are required to obtain their ABGC Genetic Counselor License within 1 year of hire date. License to be tracked and maintained by the department.
    Employees with a CA Temporary Genetic Counselor License are required to obtain their CA Genetic Counselor License within 1 year of hire date. License to be tracked and maintained by the department.
    Completion of a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling conferred by a GC program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is required within 90 days of hire.  Department is responsible for ensuring completion of education.

Sharp HealthCare is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability or any other protected class

Master's Degree; California Temporary Genetic Counselor License - CA Department of Public Health; Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC) - American Board of Genetic Counseling; California Genetic Counselor License - CA Department of Public Health

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