Genetic Counselor 1
University of Miami

Miami, Florida

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The Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami has an exciting opportunity for a Full Time Genetic Counselor to join a growing neurogenetics program with both clinical and research responsibilities. Research is the major focus of this position (60% effort), with responsibilities oriented around activities of the CReATe Consortium, an NIH-supported Rare Diseases Consortium focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) and related motor neuron disorders. Research responsibilities will include genetic counseling and assistance in the interpretation of next generation sequencing data. On the clinical front (40% effort), the Genetic Counselor will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team, primarily serving as a genetic resource for patients who have or are at risk for neuromuscular genetic disorders.


  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the research program and the details of specific projects
  • Assist with drafting and editing relevant sections of study protocols, informed consent documents and other study materials (e.g. informational brochures)
  • Recruit and enroll study participants, coordinate study visits, and assist with collection of study data
  • Provide counseling for research participants who may undergo genetic testing
  • Assist with the interpretation of variants from next generation sequencing (on a research basis)
  • Maintain accurate and complete source documents and case report forms; assist with data entry into research database
  • Participate in patient/community outreach activities to help promote and sustain the research program

  • Gather relevant medical history and pedigree information.
  • Provide genetic counseling, education and psychological support for those with genetic neuromuscular disorders, or who may be at risk for such disorders.
  • Facilitate patient decision making regarding genetic testing
  • Assist with ordering and interpreting genetic test results, including next generation sequencing
  • Manage commercial genetic testing
  • Work in partnership with the neurologist and allied health professionals within the context of multi-disciplinary specialty clinics (e.g. Muscular Dystrophy Association, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, ALS), to manage care for patients with genetic neuromuscular disorders
  • Participate in the training of neurology residents and fellows who rotate through the clinics

Supervision Received:

This position reports to principal investigator and Division Chief, Dr. Michael Benatar and Division Administrator.

Supervision Exercised:

Provide clinical supervision and evaluation of patient care related to specialty.

    This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.

    • Master's degree in relevant field. Preferred health professional who has received training from an accredited Genetic Counseling program
    • Minimum 1 year of relevant experience
    • Genetic Counselor License required in the State of Florida
    • Board eligible or board certified with the American Board of Medical Genetics (or equivalent)
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Knowledge or interest in neurogenetic conditions
    • Specific knowledge of interest in neuromuscular diseases
    • Experience with research and patient care

    Any relevant education, certifications and/or work experience may be considered.


    The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

    UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

    Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

    The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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