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Precision Medicine for Your Practice: Exploring Somatic Cancer Panel Testing-CNE is a Course

Precision Medicine for Your Practice: Exploring Somatic Cancer Panel Testing-CNE

0.5 credits


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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, Exploring Somatic Cancer Panel Testing, participants will learn about large somatic cancer panels, which test for dozens or hundreds of variants that may be driving cancer growth and suggest therapeutics targeted to the variants that are identified. When should these panels be used? And which patients are good candidates? Learn about benefits, limitations, and challenges of using large somatic cancer panels using the five parts of this module: overview information 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.


Release Date: December 20, 2016 
Expiration Date: September 21, 2020

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

  • Identify the types of clinical information that can be gained from large somatic cancer panels.
  • Determine how large somatic cancer panel results could be applied to patient care.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing advanced practice nurses, physicians and physician assistants who provide oncology care.

CNE Approval Statement

The Jackson Laboratory is co-providing this continuing nursing education activity with the American Medical Association and Scripps Translational Science Institute. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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 3 questions correctly and 4) complete the evaluation.   

Nurses are eligible for a maximum of .5 contact hours upon the completion of this activity.

Planning Committee

  • Emily Edelman, MS, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Abdallah Elias, MD, Shodair Children's Hospital 
  • Therese Ingram Nissen, MA, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Katie Johansen Taber, PhD, American Medical Association
  • Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Laura Nicholson, MD, PhD, Scripps Translational Science Institute 
  • James O'Leary, MBA, Genetic Alliance
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC, The Jackson Laboratory 
  • Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, 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)
  • Abdallah Elias, MD, Department of Medical Genetics, Shodair Children's Hospital (Content Reviewer)
  • Marilyn J. Heine, MD, Hematologist/Oncologists, Regional Hematology Oncology Associates (Content Consultant)
  • Therese Ingram Nissen, MA, Senior Instructional Designer/Technologist, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Katie Johansen Taber, PhD, Principal Policy Analyst, Science and Biotechnology, AMA (Author)
  • Barbara L. McAneny, MD, CEO, New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants (Content Consultant)
  • Laura Nicholson, MD, Co-Director of Education, Scripps Translational Science Institute (Author)
  • James O'Leary, MBA, Chief innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance (Content Reviewer)
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM, CGC, Director, Clinical and Continuing Education, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)
  • Suzanna Schott, ScM, CGC, Medical Writer, The Jackson Laboratory (Author)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

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:

Jeanette McCarthy, PhD, MPH, consultant to Omica, Inc. and past paid presenter for Illumina, Inc., stockholder of Omica, Inc.

Janet K. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN, stockholder of Pfizer

In their roles as planners, Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Williams recused themselves from all deliberations relating to content related to the commercial entities with which they have a financial interest and will not be responsible for reviewing for bias the presentation of any faculty who share the same financial interests. All educational material has been peer-reviewed by external reviewers to assess for bias.


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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:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
  • Chrome 50 and 51
  • Safari 8 and 9
  • Firefox 45 and 46 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 20 and 21 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

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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