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Sanford Health Genetic Counselor - Medical Genetics in Fargo, North Dakota

Job Title: Genetic Counselor | Medical Genetics | Fargo

City: Fargo

State: ND

Department : Medical Genetics-PBB

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Sanford Health currently has three open positions for clinical Genetic Counselors in Fargo, North Dakota.

We are looking for genetic counselors to join our team in the following clinical areas: Pediatrics, Oncology, and our Imagenetics program, which integrates genetic counseling and precision medicine into primary care. There are additional opportunities for growth and program development in other specialty areas.

Must be board-certified or have active candidate status through the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) or the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) upon hire. Current students, new graduates, and experienced genetic counselors are encouraged to apply.

Sanford Health offers excellent compensation, comprehensive benefits, paid malpractice insurance, relocation allowance, & much more.

The Genetic Counselor provides genetic counseling to individuals and families at risk for heredity disorders; supports patient and families dealing with emotional and psychological problems related to disorder.

Gathers patient information such as historical records and family health conditions for medical assessment. Assesses recurrence risks and recommends medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit, and cost. Educates patients and health professionals about genetic disorders; ensures appropriate patient referral and care. Reviews implications with the patient and provides crisis intervention regarding unexpected genetic conditions.

Ability to operate in clinic and laboratory settings and collaborate between the two. In laboratory settings, the Genetic Counselor reviews literature and translates to reports, reviews family histories to assess particular issues, and interacts with colleagues to coordinate with lab techs and directors on reporting of results. In clinic settings, the Genetic Counselor reviews literature and translates to patients, reviews family histories to assess for genetic risks, and collaborates with physicians and nurses on reporting of patients.


Assess patients' psychological or emotional needs such as those relating to stress, fear of test results, and financial issues to make referral recommendations or assist patients in managing test outcomes. Demonstrates experience participating in productive collaborative processes. Interview patients or review medical records to obtain comprehensive patient or family medical histories, and document findings. Avoids technical jargon when inappropriate. Interpret laboratory results and communicate findings to patients of physicians. Utilizes quality control techniques to monitor and maintain laboratory equipment. Determine or coordinate treatment plans by requesting laboratory services, reviewing genetics or counseling literature, and considering histories or diagnostic data. Creates secure access to laboratory results and their interpretations in a patient-focused manner. Educates patients, families, and colleagues on areas of genetic knowledge pertaining to their specific health concerns. Explains possible course of action for patients with genetic and/or psychological conditions. Educates patients and colleagues on the possibility of developing or transmitting inherited diseases.


Master of Science from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is required.

Fulfills expectations for Genetic Counselor as outlined by the ABGC.

State licensure and/or temporary license is required at time of hire.

Board certification through the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) or the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) is required upon hire. If candidates are new graduates, documentation of graduation from an accredited program must be provided upon hire; candidates are then given four years from graduating to sit for respective certification.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing. Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve. We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth. We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases. We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities. We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

City: Fargo

State: ND

Job Function: Advanced Practice Provider Job Family Group

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD07821