Full course description

About This Course

Communicating with patients about benefits and limitations of genetic testing is an important part of informed decision-making. In this course, you will watch a short video of a patient and provider discussion about patient motivations for genetic testing. You will practice deciding when and if genetic testing is appropriate, given the clinical and personal context and be presented with tools to help make this task easy to implement in your practice.

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CME and Disclosures

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


Target Audience

Practicing primary care providers as well as students and residents.

Learning Objectives

  • Communicate the benefits and limitations of genetic testing to patients

Release Date

Original Release: 2/24/15
End Date: CME will be available until 4/23/2020


Planners, Writers, and Reviewers
  • Emily Edelman, MS – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Abdullah Elias, MD - Shodair Children's Hospital, Department of Medical Genetics
  • Greg Feero, MD, PhD - Maine General Medical Center; Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program
  • Therese Ingram, MA – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Susan Miesfeldt, MD - Maine Medical Center; Cancer Risk and Prevention Program
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Suzanna Schott, ScM – The Jackson Laboratory, consultant
  • Robin Schwartz, MS, CGC – UCONN Health, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • Mary Lou Woodford, RN, MBA – Cancer1Source
Dr. Abdullah Elias, MD, Shodair Children's Hospital, and Dr. Susan Miesfeldt, Maine Medical Center, contributed to an earlier version of this program.

Accreditation: 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.

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. 

Neither the activity director, planning committee members, nor educational developers 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 presentation. The program does not discuss the off-labeled use of any product.

This CME activity is supported by educational grants from The Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director's Innovation Fund. This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.


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 questions regarding the content of the activity, please email Clinical and Continuing Education at the Jackson Laboratory or call 207.288.6971.

Should you have technical questions, please email Therese Ingram.