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Cancer Genetic Testing Process is a Course

Cancer Genetic Testing Process

0.25 credits


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About This Course

Cancer genetic testing can be complicated, and is best done in collaboration with a genetic expert. Many professional societies recommend that a qualified genetic professional facilitate genetic testing. At any step of the genetic testing process, genetic experts and/or the laboratory are available for consultation or referral.

The purpose of this resource is to familiarize you with the steps involved in ordering genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk, which include finding a lab, facilitating informed consent, and submitting the sample and clinical information to the lab. 

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CME Information and Disclosures

Jointly Provided by The Jackson Laboratory and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education

Original Release: August 25, 2015
Expiration Date:
April 23, 2020

Target Audience
Practicing primary care providers as well as students and residents.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize steps and resources to help in ordering testing

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and The Jackson Laboratory.  The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claiming Your Credit
In order to claim credit 1) answer the pre-assessment questions, 2) work through the module content in its entirety, 3) successfully complete the post-assessment answering 2 out of 4 questions correctly and 4) complete the evaluation.    

Planners, Writers, and Reviewers
  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Greg Feero, MD, PhD - Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
  • Therese Ingram, MA – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Susan Levasseur, APRN
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Linda Steinmark, MS, LGC – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Beverly Tenenholz, MS, LGC – Hartford Healthcare

The following individuals contributed to an earlier version of this program: Abdullah Elias, MD, Shodair Children's Hospital; Susan Miesfeldt, MD, Maine Medical Center, Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC, Robin Schwartz, MS, LGC, UCONN Health, and Mary Lou Woodford, RN, MBA, Cancer1Source.

Conflict of Interest Policy
All faculty members participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations. Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content. 

Unless otherwise noted, the program planners and faculty do not have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this course. The following disclosures are reported that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the education program: Emily Edelman and Kate Reed receive salary support from Pfizer Inc. through an unrestricted quality improvement grant that focuses on improving ascertainment of hereditary breast cancer, provided by the American Community Cancer Centers and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change. In their roles as a planners and content authors, Ms. Edelman and Ms. Reed recused themselves from all deliberations relating to content related to the commercial entity with which they have financial interest and were not responsible for reviewing for bias any related content. All educational material has been peer-reviewed by external reviewers to assess for bias.

Actors are being used in this program and are presenting information that has been scripted for them. They were not involved with the educational content of this activity. The program does not discuss the off-labeled use of any product.

Commercial Support
An earlier version of this program was supported by educational grants from The Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director's Innovation Fund. There is no commercial support being received for this activity.

Hardware/software Requirements

Audio speakers or headphones
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher

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Should you have technical questions or questions regarding the content of the activity, please email Clinical and Continuing Education at the Jackson Laboratory.

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