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. 

Below is a snapshot of our 2021-2022 Genetics webinar series.

Genetics Resources for the Primary Care Team Tuesday, November 9 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT
Referrals to Genetics Tuesday, December 14 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT
Financial Aspects of Genetic Testing Tuesday, January 11 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT
Newborn Screening & Genetic Therapies Tuesday, February 8 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT
School-Aged Patients & Genetic Considerations Tuesday March 8 12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT

The purpose of this series aims to:

  • Improve the capacity of primary care providers & the interprofessional care team to successfully collaborate with genetic specialists in the care of their patients.
  • 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 team’s understanding of the resources available at their disposal in the care of their patients.

 

In support of improving patient care, Community Health Center, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. This designation confers simultaneous continuing education accreditation across nine national accrediting bodies.

CEUs for this activity are available for: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, clinical social workers, dentists, pharmacists, and dietitians.

To request credits, complete each session’s survey that will be linked and emailed to every session participant. A comprehensive certificate will be sent at the end of the series to all who completed the surveys and requested credits.

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]

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.

    Financial Aspects of Genetic Testing

    Slides | Recording

    Date: January 11, 2022

    Time: 12pm-1pm ET / 9am-10am PT

    Faculty: Matt Fickie, MD; Senior Medical Director, Highmark Inc.

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

    • List steps in the appeal process
    • Understand how a practitioner can improve their chances of approval
    • Examine the ethical issues involved in Duty to Recontact
    Referrals to Genetics

    Slides | Recording

    Date: December 14, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm ET / 9am-10am PT

    Faculty: Mark Korson, MD; Director of Physician Support & Director of Education, VMP Genetics

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

    • Clarify an approach for determining the best family member to undergo an evaluation and choosing the most appropriate clinic
    • Identify the factors that can help ensure a successful experience in the clinic
    • List the reasons why a patient or family should return to Genetics clinic for a follow-up evaluation
    Genetics Resources for the Primary Care Team

    Slides | Recording

    Date: November 9, 2021

    Time: 12pm-1pm ET / 9am-10am PT

    Faculty: Jodi Hoffman, MD;  Chief, Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
    Medical Director, Boston University Genetic Counseling Program

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

    • Locate guides for next steps for an abnormal newborn screen
    • Use medical terminology to describe patients’ features
    • Unite several features to find a differential diagnosis
    • Provide management outlines to patients with genetic diagnoses
    • Identify patient-friendly resources about genetic conditions

    Additional Resources

    PCP Resource Summary

    Pediatric Genetic Clinic Cases

    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
    Genetics Testing

    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
    Genetic Metabolic Cases

    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
    Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO

    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
    Skin Findings in Genetic Disorders

    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
    Red Flags in Metabolic Disorders Part II

    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
    Complex Integrated Pediatrics ECHO

    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.
    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 practice
    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