Career Opportunities–Join our team!

WHY WORK WITH GENESIS?

Working at Genesis offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team of reproductive experts dedicated to providing outstanding patient care.

Since opening our doors in 1995, Genesis has grown to be one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada and a leader in reproductive technology. We offer a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation.

Our results—which are among the best in North America— speak to our commitment to research and innovation, our state-of-the-art embryology lab, and to our outstanding staff.

Qualified candidates should email their resume and cover letter to TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

Administrative Office Manager

We have an immediate opening for a highly motivated, multi-task oriented Office Manager with a passion for women’s reproductive health.

Hours are full time;  5 days a week

This position will support the Vision, Values, Purpose and commitment of Genesis Fertility Centre and at all times be cognisant of the importance of patient safety. Reports to the Operations Director and ensures the provision of confidential administrative and clinical support for the purpose of maintaining accurate patient records and comprehensive patient care. This position assists with patient flow, teaching, data entry and supervised clinical procedures.
Overview:

Reporting to the Operations Director, the Office Manager provides management and leadership for the Administration Department. The  manager will be responsible for smooth operation of the administration department including the overall patient experience, switchboard, booking secretaries, reception and some finance tasks. Some of the tasks below may be delegated, but ultimate responsibility will remain with the Office Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Have the knowledge to train switchboard, booking secretaries, reception and some finance positions
  • Ensure smooth operation of reception, switchboard and booking secretaries.
  • Ensure training plans are sufficient for each position and ensure each employee has completed training plan
  • Keep current on knowledge of each position and will fill in for any of those positions when required (for example sick days, vacation days etc.)
  • Perform admin staff evaluations to congratulate on positives and encourage improvements
  • Responsible for operational control and timely booking of referrals and follow ups
  • Ensure patient satisfaction in their experience with staff in each of the above departments. Resolve minor patient complaints. (major complaints or unresolved issues should be brought to Operations Supervisor)
  • Office, equipment and building maintenance
  • Provide on-going day clinic support for physicians and their patients.
  • Adjust roster (or delegate) in accordance with physicians requests
  • Quickly and efficiently handle all incoming calls which have been directed to the Medical Booking Secretaries voice mails. This includes providing additional support to other secretaries thus ensuring a continued high standard of patient care.
  • Promote quality assurance and risk management activities by methods such as participating in patient surveys, chart audits and providing input to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Perform receptionist functions such as receiving visitors, answering the telephone, directing calls and taking messages; provide information and assistance in response to inquiries, as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, completion of the Medical Office Assistant certification program plus two (2) year’s recent, management experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Preference will be given to candidates with medical office management experience..

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to assume leadership role in a compassionate, fair manner
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work in an environment subject to changing deadlines, stress and interruptions
  • Broad knowledge of computerized patient database programs
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and applicable software applications
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position

Interested, qualified candidates should send their covering letter and resume to J. Todd Dixon,  Director Clinical Operations, TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

 

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION

Genesis is the largest private fertility clinic in Vancouver BC. We offer the full range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation as well as surrogacy cycles.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated, experienced Reproductive Endocrinologist to join our team. This is an associate level position with potential for partnership.

Additionally, the right candidate will possess an enthusiastic, hard working, professional attitude with excellent communication skills and attention to detail.  Education requirement includes MD, OBGYN residency, and REI fellowship.
This is a non-union, full-time day position with weekend and holiday rotations.
We offer a salary of $250,000 with benefits at 3 months, company matching RRSP program, medical and dental upon completion of probation.

Interested, qualified candidates should send their covering letter and resume to J. Todd Dixon,  Director Clinical Operations, TDixon@genesis-fertility.com.

Enquiries are welcome and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Dasha A. Johnston, RN

Dasha A. Johnston, RN at Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Hi there, my name is Dasha and I am the newest nurse to join Genesis Fertility Centre. I graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010. Most of my past work experience has been primarily based in pediatrics. I worked in a pediatric post anesthetic care unit at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta from 2010-2012.

In 2012 I met my wonderful husband and made the transitions to the pediatric intensive care unit at the B.C. Children’s Hospital. I have a great passion for working with children and their families. Although my work in the PICU at times may have been emotionally difficult, it was extremely fulfilling.

I have decided to make the transition to Genesis Fertility Centre in April 2014. I am now privileged to be working at Genesis with such a great team of professionals dedicated to couples who are ready to embark on their journey into parenthood.

In my spare time, I love to explore the outdoors by either hiking, biking or kayaking with my husband and my two dogs. However, I have recently suffered a biking accident during which I badly broke my arm and severed my ulnar nerve (so no more biking for me!). I am currently in the process of recovery.

National Adoption Month

There are lots of ways to have children in your life. One way is through adoption. November is National Adoption Month. There are three main ways couples find children to adopt:

1. Adopt a foster child. These children are often over the age of 4 and have special social or medical needs. These children are referred to as “waiting children,” a term which breaks my heart to even type. The BC Ministry of Children and Family Development has information on these children on their website.

2. Adopt a local infant. The BC local infant adoption program helps couples who decide while pregnant or soon after, that they are unable to care for their child and wish to place the children for adoption. To enter this program you must use an adoption agency licensed in BC, of which there are four.

3. International adoption. Countries like China, Korea, Vietnam, and others allow Canadians who meet certain criteria to adopt children. Like local infant adoptions, these adoptions are arranged by one of the four licensed BC adoption agencies.

A good place to start if you are considering adoption is the Adoptive Families Association of BC website.

 

Mother’s Menopause

If you are a woman planning to hoping to conceive please call your mother, if you can, and ask her when she went through the menopause. Specifically ask her what her age was when her periods stopped completely. This information is highly predictive of your fertility.

We are born with a set number of eggs and slowly run out of them over our lives. By the menopause we have none left. The rate at which we run out of eggs is genetically determined. If your mother ran out early (i.e. had the menopause early) you are more likely to do the same.

About 1% of women enter the menopause before the age of 40 and about 10% enter it between 40 and 45. In the years leading up to the menopause, as egg numbers are getting low, you become less fertile and in many cases completely infertile. We can get a sense of just how many eggs you have left by measuring yourAMH level, your FSH level and your antral follicle count (AFC) by ultrasound. If any or all of these tests suggest a low egg count then fertility is decreased.

A study published this month in the journal Human Reproduction, analyzed 527 women’sAMH, AFC and their mother’s age at menopause. They found both AMH and AFC declined faster in women whose mothers had an early menopause (before the age of 45) compared to women whose mothers had a late menopause (after the age of 55).

This is yet another reminder of the importance of conceiving when you are young. Waiting until your late 30s or 40s, especially for women’s whose mother’s had early menopause might mean it’s hard or even impossible to conceive.

Sooner the better…..

Sperm from stem cells

Earlier this week I received a call from an old friend saying he was recently diagnosed with cancer. He starts chemotherapy next week. Fortunately, in the all the upset of being diagnosed with cancer, he thought of his future fertility and has stored sperm with us.

In today’s BBC on-line an article discusses the use of a male’s stem cells to create sperm after cancer treatment. Many cancer treatments damage sperm producing cells in the testicles leaving men with low or no sperm afterwards. Currently we try to encourage boys and men to freeze their sperm (if there is time) before they start their cancer treatment but many do not. In the BBC referenced study stem cells were taken out of male monkeys. The monkeys then had chemotherapy which destroyed all of their sperm. Then the stems cells were put back (into the bone marrow, where they came from) and the monkey’s started to produce sperm again. This work has been done in female mice in the past so we know it’s possible. This work is exciting because it’s in primates – whichusually means the results can be achieved in humans too.

So, the future for boys and men with cancer may involve them storing stem cells prior to treatment. It’s more invasive than just ejaculating and freezing sperm but it does hold the promise of a spontaneous conception after cancer treatment, and it offers an option for those who can’t store sperm before treatment.

Genesis Fertility Centre
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

CDC ART Report

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) monitors many different diseases and health outcomes. Today they released their report on Assisted Reproductive Technology for 2009 today. They have some 2010 data on their website, but the most recent formal report is today’s 2009 publication. While the report seems out of date, live births are recorded so it takes time (e.g. someone who did an IVF cycle at the end of 2009 wouldn’t have a live birth until mid to late 2010).

In 2009, a total of 146,244 ART procedures were reported to the CDC and they resulted in 45,870 live-birth deliveries and 60,190 infants, or 1.4 % of U.S. births.

The full report can be read here.

It’s an interesting read on the trends in ART, how it varies state by state (political undertones here!), and the outcomes of ART pregnancies.

There’s an app for that

The Apple App store has 3 apps to help a woman predict when she is fertile. A woman is fertile around the time of ovulation. These apps and the numerous websites that also offer to help determine your fertile time (e.g. fertile friend, babycenter.com) are based on these principles:

1. most women have a period about once per month
2. there are two parts to a menstrual cycle: the first part which runs from the start of bleeding until ovulation (follicular phase) and the second part which runs from ovulation until bleeding starts again (luteal phase).
3. 90% of women have a luteal phase of 14 days.
4. the follicular phase can vary
5. We count the first day of bleeding as menstrual cycle day 1

So, if someone has a menstrual cycle that is 30 days (i.e. they have a period every 30 days) then 30-14 = 16. They will likely ovulate on cycle day 16. If someone has a menstrual cycle that is 26 days then 26-14 = 12. They will likely ovulate on cycle day 12.

Big box

I am not sure the rules around internet postings and corporate rights so I’ll be indirect. Today I was at a large membership-based big box store in downtown Vancouver. I was buying the usual 12 packs of things I don’t need. I walked past the pregnancy tests. The store was selling a four pack of pregnancy tests for about $19. I had to take a second look as I thought surely it must be 40, and not four, for that price. No, it was for four. This is very, very expensive. They are available for far less money on-line.

Now, everyone knows someone who will tell you that the cheap urine pregnancy tests didn’t work, or that no urine pregnancy tests (cheap or expensive) worked to detect their pregnancies but for MOST people MOST of the time the less expensive urine pregnancy tests you can buy on-line will be accurate.

I am not trying to undercut store-front merchants but simply trying to put downward pressure on their prices. When I was buying pregnancy tests I bought them from a Canadian-owned, online retailer. I paid about $1 per test. A quick google tonight confirms that there are several such Canadian retailers charging around that same price today.

Full disclosure: I am not pregnant, I do not need pregnancy test strips for personal use and have no plans to be pregnant again.

I am posting this as a public service announcement: please do not spend big dollars on brand name pregnancy test strips as the less expensive test strips almost always work just as well.

Genesis Fertility Centre
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Get your pap smear

If you are like many people, you do not have a GP. It’s an unsettling place to be as you worry that no one you know is going to take care of you if you get sick and no one is monitoring your health. Fortunately, most young women really don’t need to see a GP regularly, except for their pap smear. How do you get a pap smear without a GP?

The BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) has come to the rescue. The BCCA has a campaign going from October 22-28 where clinics will be set up around the province just to do pap smears.

So, if you need a pap smear you can just going to a clinic. To find a clinic participating in this campaign, called the LACE Campaign go towww.lacecampaign.com

Genesis Fertility Centre
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

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