Medicine's Future: Genomics for Practicing Doctors, Session 3: Implementing Genetic Testing, Live Session December 16 at El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital’s Genomic Medicine Institute (GMI) presents a monthly series of 10 two-hour evening workshops, in collaboration with Genetic Alliance, the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Each workshop will carry two hours of CME credit and will be facilitated by a subject expert. The 10 sessions will consist of foundational information, plus more specialized information on a range of condition-specific topics. In addition, the interactive, case-based curriculum will emphasize such practical matters as: • Identifying patients at risk • Knowing how and when to order tests • Interpreting test results • Finding test costs and insurance coverage • Using genetic counselors • Making other appropriate referrals . Should you have technical questions, please contact AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. For questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Katie Johansen Taber at or 312-464-4964.
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Medicine’s Future: Genomics for Practicing Doctors
Session 3: Implementing Genetic Testing
Release Date: December 16, 2013, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View Campus, 5:30 to 8:00pm PST


At the end of this session, physicians should be able to:

  1. Strategize testing for the most informative results.
  2. Communicate effectively about consequences and logistics of genetic testing.
  3. Determine clinical consequences of a variant.
  4. Determine if family members are at increased risk.
  5. Communicate effectively about patient management.

Target Audience:
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of both physicians who have had limited experience with genetics and want to learn more about integrating genetics into their clinical practice, and for physicians who are experienced in genetics and are interested in newer genetic technologies and more effectively using genetics in patient care.  Primary care physicians will benefit greatly from this activity since they are often the first to determine when patients require genetic services.

Statement of Need:
Several studies have reported that genetic technology in clinical practice is expanding at a pace that is too rapid for most physicians to become adequately knowledgeable about it. 

Statement of Competency:
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communication skills, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Medical Association and NCHPEG.  The American Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement:
The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must attend the live session on December 16, 2013 and complete the post-assessment, and evaluation.

Planning Committee:
Sonja Boone, MD; AMA CME Program Committee
Katherine Johansen Taber, PhD, Senior Scientist, AMA
Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC ; Project Director, NCHPEG
Therese Nissen, MA; Instructional Designer, NCHPEG
Jerry Manoukian, MD; Physician (Internal Medicine), El Camino Hospital
John Collin, MD; Physician (Pathology), El Camino Hospital
Katherine Sutherland, MD; Physician (Obstetrics/Gynecology), El Camino Hospital
Stanley Fischman, MD; Physician (Psychiatry), El Camino Hospital
Eric Pifer, MD; Physician (Internal Medicine), El Camino Hospital
Vaughn Edelson; Assistant Director of Health Communications, Genetic Alliance
James O’Leary; Chief Innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance

Abdallah Elias, MD; Family Practitioner and Clinical Genetics Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Robert Nussbaum, MD; Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Katherine Johansen Taber, PhD, Senior Scientist, AMA
Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC ; Project Director, NCHPEG
Therese Nissen, MA; Instructional Designer, NCHPEG
Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC; Educational Content Developer, NCHPEG

Disclosure Statement:

In order to assure the highest quality of CME programming, and to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, the AMA requires that all faculty, planning committee members and members of the AMA CME Program Committee disclose relevant financial relationships with any commercial or proprietary entity producing health care goods or services relevant to the content being planned or presented.  No individuals involved in the planning, review or delivery of this content have any relevant relationships to disclose.

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Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Katie Johansen Taber at or 312-464-4964, or Jessica Arline at or 650-988-8361.

Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335


Type:  Live Activity
Activity Price
36 Registered Users
2 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians