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Genetic Counsellor, Medical Genetics, Provincial Medical Genetics Program - BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre


Genetic Counsellor, Medical Genetics, Provincial Medical Genetics Program

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

Vancouver, BC

What you’ll do

  • Participate on the clinical team by developing, preparing and completing patient care history files (medical, pregnancy and family history) through interviews with patients and family members. Elicit patient concerns, analyze inheritance patterns, summarize data, and discuss concerns with the Medical Geneticist.
  • Provide genetic counseling and support to patients and family members, both independently (under the direction of a Medical Geneticist) and within the Counsellor/Medical Geneticist team, by providing families with information about particular genetic disorders, inheritance patterns, genetic risk, genetic testing options, available support groups, in addition to assisting the patient/family in coping with the emotional stress associated with a genetic diagnosis.
  • Dictate letters to communicate to the referring and family physician the details and recommendation of a genetic session which are cosigned by the Medical Geneticist.
  • Serve as the liaison person between the referring physician, the patient and the medical genetic physician to assure an understanding of the counseling issues and follow-up recommendations. Contact patient/referring physician with results as needed.
  • Involved as members of multidisciplinary clinics (eg Fetal Diagnostic Service) representing the medical genetics clinic by providing counseling, expertise and recommendations based on medical genetics standards of care.
  • Involved in the academic training of medical students as well as clinical training of residents, fellow and students on rotation in the clinical unit. This includes giving lectures, leading small group sessions, teaching counseling skills and supervising patient counselling sessions.
  • Maintain an awareness of developments in medical genetic services through literature reviews, internet sources, participation in journal club and patient review, and as appropriate, keep health professionals and patients informed of new information via lectures, inservices, phone consultations and correspondence.
  • Follow up on patient care by directing the clinic secretary to order relevant medical records, arrange medical testing, organize referrals to other specialists/clinics as required by the genetic physician, and to follow up outstanding patient results assuring completion and accuracy.

What you bring


  • Master’s degree in Medical Genetics or Genetic Counselling OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience with two (2) years recent related genetic experience.
  • Board certified for certification with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and/or American Board of Genetic Counselling.

You will also have

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal effectively with patient/families in crisis.
  • Ability to operate related equipment such as computerized genetic databases/information systems.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Temporary, Full-Time (until September 20th 2024)
$41.04 - $51.27/hour

Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Monday – Friday, 0800 - 1600
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As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is dedicated to improving the health of women, newborns and families through a comprehensive range of services, research and education.

BCW is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and BCW are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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