Pediatric Genetic Counselor
Help parents understand their baby’s potential hereditary disorders.
Security Guards of the healthcare field, Medical Screeners evaluate potential candidates for clinical studies or medical donations. They determine whether the applicant meets qualifying criteria, and grant or deny participation.
Medical donations, like blood, can only come from certain donors. Donations from patients with certain diseases could be dangerous to recipients, while an underweight person attempting to donate blood could be at risk for negative side effects. That’s why the work of the Medical Screener is so important.
As a Medical Screener, you fill out questionnaires and double-check your potential donors’ medical histories. What medications do they take? What are their blood types?
You do the same for applicants in a clinical trial, such as a study on the effects of a new medication. If the medicine claims to treat depression, it wouldn’t be very helpful to test on non-depressed patients.
After approving or denying the applicants, you notify the Doctor about who qualified, and send a welcome pack containing more information about the study or donation process. Some donations, like plasma, take place the same day the patient applies and therefore don’t need a follow-up. Others require multiple trips to the Doctor and take several steps to complete.
By acting as the Gatekeeper for the medical world, you ensure the safety of everyone involved in a clinical trial or donation process. Donations save lives, and it would be counterproductive if your patients fell ill from them.