Certified Genetic Counselor - Clinical and Educational

Baylor College of Medicine - Medical Genetics Laboratories
Job Location
Houston, TX
Competitive based on experience

Health Insurance, 401(k), Vacation, PTO, CME and more

Job Description


Job Description – Cancer/Prenatal Genetic Counselor – Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has an opening for a cancer/prenatal genetic counselor. The genetic counselor filling this position will work closely with two other genetic counselors to provide genetic counseling services to patients referred to BCM from Houston area oncology, maternal fetal medicine, obstetrical, and reproductive endocrinology practices, while being integrated into a larger group of more than 10 genetic counselors across the prenatal and cancer services at BCM. He/She will provide genetic counseling to patients referred for a variety of cancer, prenatal, and preconception indications. The counselor will also provide education to the referring practices, act as a liaison between patients, referring physicians, and other healthcare providers, and serve as a resource for the referring practices for complex genetic cases and issues.

The Department of Molecular & Human Genetics at BCM is one of the leading genetic departments in the world, offering unparalleled clinical treatment and counseling and a full range of diagnostic genetic testing through our Medical Genetics Laboratories. As the largest clinical genetic program in the country, we offer a single resource for all genetic services and testing, thanks to our affiliations with other medical departments and hospitals within the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Qualifications for the position include:
• Degree: Master of Science or Master of Arts in Genetic Counseling granted by a genetic counseling program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or a comparable Master’s degree program
• Certification: Board certified or Board eligible in Genetic Counseling by either the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

This position provides significant opportunity for teaching and clinical supervision of medical students, graduate students, and genetic counseling students. Genetic counselors at BCM are also actively involved in research, community outreach, continuing education and regional and national professional societies.

Baylor College of Medicine offers a competitive salary, dependent on expertise and experience, and generous continuing education benefits. Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage as well as generous retirement plans are offered.

For questions about or to apply to this position, please contact Don Corley at don.corley@bcm.edu and Sandra Darilek, MS, CGC at sdarilek@bcm.edu.


Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from an ABGC accredited genetic counseling program or a comparable Master’s degree program and board certified or board eligible by ABGC or ABMG. Experience is not required but is a plus. A keen interest in cancer is preferred and prenatal work is required.

How to Apply

Don Corley at don.corley@bcm.edu and Sandra Darilek, MS, CGC at sdarilek@bcm.edu

About Our Organization

Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as a health sciences university that creates and applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare and community service locally, nationally and globally. BCM is known for excellence in education, research and patient care.

The Medical Genetics Laboratories at Baylor College of Medicine have been dedicated to providing the medical genetics community with high quality comprehensive diagnostic services for over 40 years. By building on our institution’s strengths in research and discovery, we aim to provide quality genetic testing services relevant to twenty-first century medicine. Some of the services include: High Resolution Chromosome Analysis, FISH, Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA), analyte and enzyme testing, DNA based testing, and mitochondrial and metabolic molecular testing.

The Cancer Genetics Laboratory (CGL) is a combined effort of multiple departments at Baylor College of Medicine. The CGL provides complete and comprehensive whole genome/exome and single gene analysis for oncology. We offer next generation sequencing panels and cancer exome sequencing for mutation analysis, along with conventional single gene assays like deletion/duplication testing, traditional chromosome analysis, FISH testing, and chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for copy number analysis. The CGL provides cancer diagnostic testing services for both pediatric and adult cancer. The CGL offers a wide array of tests, rapid turnaround times, and comprehensive data interpretation by faculty and laboratory directors skilled in cancer genetics. Further, we offer competitive pricing and access to insurance coverage through all major commercial insurance carriers and most small carriers as well as Medicare.

The Whole Genome Laboratory (WGL) derives from a joint effort by Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center and the Medical Genetics Laboratories of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics to establish a clinical laboratory dedicated to state-of-the-art next generation sequencing. The collaboration between these groups brings together genomic scientists, clinical laboratory scientists, and clinicians to provide reliable genome-wide analyses that are carefully annotated and interpreted for clinical significance by medical geneticists. Whole Exome Sequencing is the first test to be offered and is focused on the evaluation of underlying genetic causes of disease. In the near future, the WGL will implement additional clinical tests, including Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) that will bring this technology to other aspects of medical care and treatment.

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