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Precision Medicine: Genomic Testing for the Healthy Individual

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About this course

Precision Medicine for Your Practice is a series of short (20-30 min), online modules covering specific topics in genomics and precision medicine. In this module, Genomic Testing for the Healthy Individual, learn how to elicit patient motivations for genomic testing and to assess if a particular genomic test is a good fit for their concerns. This module will help providers understand the benefits and limitations of different types of genomic tests, know what types of information are available from different types of tests, and increase provider awareness of resources available to help interpret and prioritize results from genomic testing. There are five parts of the module: overview via an animated video; practice cases to facilitate learning-by-doing; "dig deeper" for more in-depth topics; and logistics and additional resources for more detail.

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Activity Overview

Release Date: January 6, 2018
Expiration Date: January, 2021

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify patient motivators to enable decisions regarding genomic testing. 
  • Facilitate interpretation of genomic test results from a wide range of test types, including those with lower clinical validity and utility.

Statement of Need

Genetic technology is rapidly expanding, often too quickly for physicians and other health professionals to become familiar with new technologies and new genomic information before their patients inquire about genomic testing. This educational module will assist physicians and health professionals to communicate with patients about the benefits, risks, and limitations of genomic testing in healthy individuals.  

Statement of Competency

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

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claiming Your CME Credit

In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must: 1) answer the pre-assessment questions, 2) work through the module in its entirety, 3) successfully complete the post-assessment by answering 2 out of 3 questions correctly and 4) complete the evaluation.

Planning Committee

  • Barry D. Dickinson, PhD, CME Program Committee, AMA
  • Abdallah Elias, MD, Department of Medical Genetics, Shodair Children's Hospital
  • Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Laura Nicholson, MD, Co-Director of Education, Scripps Translational Science Institute
  • James O'Leary, MBA, Chief innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance
  • Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Chair of Behavioral and Social Science Research, University of Iowa



  • Barry D. Dickinson, PhD, CME Program Committee, AMA (Content Reviewer)
  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, Associate Director, Clinical and Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Therese Ingram Nissen, MA, Senior Instructional Designer/Technologist, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Laura Nicholson, MD, Co-Director of Education, Scripps Translational Science Institute (Author)
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, Director, Clinical and Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Linda Steinmark, MS, CGC, Project Director, Clinical and Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Chair of Behavioral and Social Science Research, University of Iowa (Content Reviewer)

Disclosure Statement

In order to assure the highest quality of certified CME programming, and to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, the AMA requires that all faculty, planners 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. The following disclosures are provided:

  • Jeanette McCarthy, PhD, MPH, Consultant to Big Science Media, Omicia, and Precision Medicine Advisors
  • Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, Stockholder of Pfizer

No other planners or faculty have relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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Hardware/software Requirements

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

As of June 4, 2016, we support the following versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer

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

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