Medical - Assoc Dir - Molecular Genetics - San Juan Capistrano, CA in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 10/28/2019

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Job Description

Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Summary

The Associate Medical Director, Advanced Diagnostics-Molecular Genetics, acting under the leadership of the Vice President Genetics, Genomics and R&D and in collaboration with Scientific and Laboratory leadership is responsible for providing clinical consultation to the clinical laboratory within her/his area(s) of expertise which will maximize quality patient care and ensure continuous business growth throughout the Quest Diagnostics Laboratories. Assume Clinical Consultant or Technical Supervisor responsibilities as assigned/delegated by site Laboratory Director in San Juan Capistrano.

Job Accountabilities:
  

  • Under the direction of the Vice President/ Executive Medical Director, provide scientific and clinical oversight for the Advanced Diagnostics – Molecular Genetics, leading scientific staff through development and oversight of all R&D projects from inception to launch.

  • Utilize laboratory procedures in molecular and/or biochemical genetics for diagnoses from blood, body tissue, fluids, and other specimens, identifying the presence diseases/disorders. 

  • Provides inputs for new research developments in the appropriate fields of expertise.  Makes recommendations on tests to develop consistent with mandates from the Clinical Franchises, and/or other internal businesses.

  • Reviews new research developments in the appropriate fields of expertise.  Makes recommendations on strategies and tests to develop consistent with the R&D strategic plan.

  • Reviews testing which may be replicated to Quest Diagnostics regional laboratory facilities.

  • Member of the Advanced Diagnostics Team.  Attendance at regular Team meeting and other appropriate senior laboratory management staff meetings.  Participates in all significant scientific, business and policy decisions impacting the clinical utility and quality of testing services.

  • Advises Quest senior management staff of trends and actions that must be incorporated into business and strategic planning.

  • Interacts with Academic Associates in areas of clinical molecular and clinical biochemical genetics to develop new strategies and testing methods. 

  • Provides leadership to staff, identifies potential test/platform candidates, process design and development, and transference to operations.

  • Provide educational programs for the medical and laboratory staff, and participates in educational programs of the Company.

Clinical Consultation:

  • Reviews, interprets and documents clinical test results within established turnaround times.

  • Honors requests for consultations from clinicians regarding the appropriateness and interpretation of laboratory tests.  Because quality patient care is paramount, servicing consultation requests of all types is considered imperative 

  • Collaborates in reviewing test method selection and validation.

  • Collaborates in ensuring that the proficiency testing program is conducted in a timely manner, reviewed by appropriate staff, and approve of corrective action when a proficiency testing result is found to be unsatisfactory.

  • Collaborates in monitoring quality control to ensure that acceptable levels of analytical performance are maintained for each test system.  Ensure that patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly. 

  • Collaborates in corrective action and preventative action plans and procedures.

  • Collaborates, as appropriate, in Job Assignments and Authorization Matrix (JAAM) and annual Performance and Development Review (PDR) to ensure that all personnel have the appropriate
    training and demonstrated performance for the type of testing offered.

  • Collaborates in the annual review of Standard Operating Procedures for test systems.

  • Collaborates in reviews of report format for appropriateness of clinical information communicated in areas of assigned expertise.  Craft or review of interpretative reporting comments.

Lab Management:

  • Member of the Advanced Diagnostics Team.  Attendance at regular Team meeting and other senior laboratory management staff meetings.  Participates in all significant scientific, business and policy decisions impacting the clinical utility and quality of testing services.

  • Interacts with both internal (Client Services, Specimen Management, Laboratory Operations, Commercial and Marketing) and external clients to facilitate and foster increased transfer of information related to advanced diagnostics at Quest Diagnostics. Works closely with Sales staff throughout Quest Diagnostics to provide appropriate medical scientific support as required.

  • Attendance at National meetings in areas of assigned expertise to maintain/build knowledge and to provide representation for Quest Diagnostics.

Job Requirements:

  • Board certification in Clinical Genetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics or Molecular Genetic Pathology with significant knowledge and exposure in next-generation gene sequencing, variant annotation and pharmacogenomics. 

  • M.D degree required with US licensure.

  • Progression towards California Licensing is required with NYS COQ.

  • Progressive exposure to a field of Administration, Finance, Medical Sociology, Marketing or Human Resources.

  • Physicians should exemplify professionalism consistent with Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute’s values, vision, mission and fundamental objectives.

    [All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  All duties and requirements are essential job functions.]

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