Genetics 

The Weitzman Learning Academy is excited to partner with the New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) to improve access to genetics education and genetics services for primary care providers free of chargeWhile these webinars are geared towards New England licensed providers, this series is open nationally to any provider who wishes to expand their knowledge.

Below you will find recordings from our 2019, 2020, and 2021 sessions. 

Check back soon for updates on future educational activities!  

Below is the information for our 2021 webinar series on Genetics. 

At the end of this series, participants will be able to:

  • Improve the capacity of primary care providers to successfully collaborate with genetic specialists in the care of their patients.
  • Clarify roles of primary care providers and specialists in the newborn screening and genetic testing process.
  • Provide a framework for understanding how uncommon diagnoses can underlie more common symptoms.
  • Develop primary care provider understanding of some of the unique challenges encountered when discussing genetic conditions with patients and their families.
  • Increase the primary care provider’s understanding of the nature of routine chemistry testing (as they apply to genetic disorders) and genetic testing (including their benefits and limitations, false positives and false negative results).

Continuing Education credits were available for live viewing only. 

Participants connect from their home or work computer via ZOOM webinar. Each course is an online live interactive lecture. During all live sessions, participants will have access to faculty in real time for comments, questions, and discussions.

Participants require access to high-speed Internet and a computer with audio capabilities. Once you register for the series, you will be sent a ZOOM link to reminding you of upcoming sessions. You do not need special skills to participate successfully in a distance-learning environment.

We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Email us at W[email protected]

Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO; December 09, 2020 - recording available

This recording is from our reoccurring Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO. The title of the session is Genetic and Genomic Testing: Pediatric Perspective

Recording | Slides 

Date: December 9, 2020 

Faculty:  Dr. Leah Burke, MD

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review the various types of genetics and genomic testing and the circumstances in which each of them is used. 
  • Define the limitations of various types of genetic and genomic testing.
  • Discuss the implications of variants of unknown significance for the patient and family. 
Red Flags in Metabolic Disorders Part II; January 11, 2021 - recording available

This session builds off the 2020 “Red Flags” session. Scroll down to our April 28, 2020 session to view the recording. 

Slides | Video 

Date: January 11, 2021

Faculty:  Dr. Mark Korson, MD

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Review how simple biochemical tests indicate important pathophysiologic scenarios.
    • Describe patterns of routine biochemical testing that can increase suspicion about an underlying metabolic disease
    • Recognize the uncommon physiological significance of certain chemistry tests
Skin Findings in Genetic Disorders; February 8, 2021 - recording available

Slides | Recording 

Date:: February 8th, 2021

Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review pigmentary differences in skin that might indicate a genetic disorder
  • Describe common skin findings that indicate a need for a genetic evaluation
  • Recognize the differences in age of onset, family history, number of lesions, or other unusual presentations that should alert the primary care provider
Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO; February 10, 2021 - recording available

This recording is from our reoccurring Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO. The title of the session is Genetics Education Materials for School Success (GEMSS)

The website that was reviewed can be visited here: https://www.negenetics.org/genetic-education-materials-gemss 

Slides Recording 

Date: February 10th, 2021

Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the GEMSS website and its features
  • Navigate through the website, using case studies to demonstrate the uses
Genetic Metabolic Cases; March 8, 2021 - recording available

Date: March 8th, 2021

Slides | Recording

Videos shown during the session:

Faculty:  Dr. Mark Korson, MD

During this session, we will watch a metabolic geneticist as he completes “clinical rounds” online. We will hear 2-3 patients & parents (video recordings) who discuss what is it like to experience a metabolic disorder, either personally or in their child.  

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate what is involved in a visit to a genetic or metabolic clinic
  • Review the nature of some clinical cases that present to a metabolic disorder
  • Describe the challenges of a patient and/or family in living with a metabolic disorder
Genetics Testing; April 12, 2021 - recording available

Slides | Recording 

Date: April 12, 2021

Faulty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review the parts of various genetic and genomic testing results: Fragile X DNA, microarray, genetic panels, exome sequencing
  • Demonstrate how the variants are classified in the interpretation of results
  • Use case reports to demonstrate how more information can be obtained 
Pediatric Genetic Clinic Cases; May 10, 2021 - recording available

Slides | Recording

Date: May 10, 2021

Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

      • Use cases to inform the decision making needed for a genetics referral
      • Understand the components of a genetic evaluation
      • Become familiar with three syndromes in which the presenting symptom can be a heart murmur

Previous Genetics Educational Activities

 

To view our previous ECHO sessions from 2018 & 2019, click here 

If you were not able to attend any of our live sessions, all are available to view at no cost.

Click the topics below for the session details, slides, and recordings.

Series Objectives:

  • Improve the capacity of primary care providers to successfully collaborate with genetic specialists in the care of their patients
  • Clarify roles of primary care providers and specialists in the newborn screening and genetic testing process
  • Share insights into potential benefits and pitfalls brought about by Direct to Consumer testing initiatives
  • Provide a framework for understanding how uncommon diagnoses can underlie more common symptoms
  • Develop primary care provider understanding of some of the unique challenges encountered when discussing genetic conditions with patients and their families
  • Develop primary care provider understanding of some of the unique challenges encountered when discussing genetic conditions with specific population groups, such as immigrants and refugees.
  • Increase the primary care provider’s understanding of the nature of genetic testing, including their benefits and limitations, false positives and false negative results.

    The Child with Metabolic Disease: How the PCP Can Support the Family

    Slides | Recording 

    Date: May 26, 2020

    Faculty: Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives:

    By the end of this session, you will be able to 

    • Describe the role of the PCP around newborn screening issues
    • Identify how the PCP can participate in patient care when disorders are associated with episodic clinical and/or biochemical decompensation
    • Review the role of the PCP in the management of chronic and/or multi-system disease
    • Recognize the impact of patients with chronic disease on a primary practic
    Lab Testing and Genetic & Metabolic Disease: Spotting the "Red Flags" Part I

    Slides | Recording 

    Date: April 28, 2020

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD & Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives:

    By the end of this session, you will be able to:

    • Review the genetic and genomic testing modalities
    • Review how simple biochemical tests that can determine the competence of human metabolism
    • Describe a few findings on routine biochemical testing that can increase suspicion about an underlying metabolic disease
    • Identify the clinical and family history findings that raise a concern for a genetic disorder
    Genetics: What the Primary Care Provider Needs to Know

    Slides | Recording 

    Date: February 18th, 2020

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD & Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives:

    By the end of this session, you will be able to 

    • Identify some characteristics of a patient’s medical condition that should raise concerns about a genetic or metabolic disease
    • Describe the problems inherent in a “clinical diagnosis”
    • List what a PCP can do to enhance the efficacy of a referral to a geneticist
    Newborn Screening Part III

    This session builds off the previous Newborn Screening Webinars, part I and II, below. 

    Slides | Recording

    Date: January 28, 2020

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD & Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives: 

    By the end of this session, you will be able to 

    • Review the important aspects about newborn screening discussed in Part I and II
    • Discuss key clinical aspects of the latest diseases added to the newborn screen
    • Clarify the roles of primary care providers and specialists in the newborn screening process associated with these disorders
    • Summarize what diseases on the screen require urgent referrals and why
    • Determine the role of the PCP in supporting families through the newborn screening
    Genetic Considerations for Immigrants and Refugees

    Recording

    Date: May 21, 2019

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD & Hibo Omer, MPH

    Objectives:

    • Discuss some of the common barriers to health care access faced by immigrants and refugees
    • Have an improved understanding of some of the unique challenges encountered when discussing genetic conditions with specific population groups
    • Identify state and national resources that can aid immigrant and refugee families in understanding more about how to live with a genetic condition and gain access to needed resources
    Undiagnosed Patient Conditions

    Recording

    Date: April 23, 2019

    Faculty: Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives:

    • Identify common symptoms seen in general practice that can be associated with inborn errors of metabolism
    • Review the pathophysiology underlying the symptom
    • Determine a quick plan to help the patient get a diagnosis
    Direct to Consumer Testing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Recording

    Date: March 26, 2019

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD

    Objectives:

    • Describe the differences between Direct to Consumer testing and clinic testing
    • Describe the regulations concerning Direct to Consumer testing
    • Describe the pharmacogenetics in the Direct to Consumer testing world
    • Delineate the role of the primary care provider in ordering and interpreting these tests

    Newborn Screening Part II

    Slides | Recording

    Date: March 12, 2019

    Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD & Dr. Mark Korson, MD

    Objectives:

    • Describe the history of newborn screening and how new disorders are added
    • Understand the significance of an abnormal newborn screen
    • Define the role(s) of the primary care physician in the newborn screening process
    • Apply learned principles to adapted case studies
    Newborn Screening Part I

    Slides | Recording

    Date: February 26, 2019

    Faculty: Dr. Mark Korson, MD & Dr. Leah Burke, MD

    Objectives:

    • Describe the history of newborn screening and how new disorders are added
    • Understand the significance of an abnormal newborn screen
    • Define the role(s) of the primary care physician in the newborn screening process
    • Apply learned principles to adapted case studies