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Genetic Counsellor - Adult Genetics Program - Toronto, Ontario


Position: Genetic Counsellor 
Site: Toronto General Hospital
Department: Adult Genetics Program
Reports to: Manager
Scale/Grade: D0 08
Hours: 37.50  Hours/Week     
Status:  Temporary Full Time (MLOA)


University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Genetic Counsellor in our Adult Genetics Program.

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The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. Tthe University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

The scope of research and complexity of cases at Toronto General Hospital have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has one of the largest hospital-based research programs in Canada, with major research in transplantation, surgical innovation, cardiology, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and liver disease. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here

The Adult Genetics Program at the University Health Network helps to meet the needs of individuals who have been diagnosed with an inherited condition or those who may be at risk for an inherited condition.    The program includes both clinical and metabolic services.  Our team of professionals includes medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, dieticians, and other health care professionals. Together the team provides family risk assessment, diagnosis, management, education and support.The Adult Genetics Program is currently seeking a permanent full-time Genetic Counsellor.  The Genetic Counsellor will be responsible for providing care in our general genetics, which includes referrals from specialties such as neurology, nephrology, rheumatology, cardiology, and endocrinology.

The principal responsibilities include:

  • Assessing the unique medical/genetic and psychosocial needs of individual cases for the purpose of providing appropriate counselling, education, testing options, and follow-up. 
  • Providing clinical teaching to genetic counselling students, medical students, and professional colleagues.
  • Performing administrative responsibilities to ensure the effective management of individual cases, acting as an advocate for patients, performing cross-functional duties, as assigned or requested.
  • Performing other duties consistent with the job classification, as required.


  • Masters degree in Genetic Counselling
  • Canadian or ABGC certified or eligible
  • Previous work experience preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and professionals
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to a wide variety of patient populations and needs
  • Broad-based knowledge and versatility

POSTED DATE:  February 7, 2019  CLOSING DATE:  Until Filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications will be given first consideration.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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