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 information for our 2021 webinar series, as well as recordings from our 2019 & 2020 series. 

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

Registration is for the entire series, but you may choose to attend as many or as little as you would like. The slides and recordings will be sent to all registrants of the series, as well as posted to this site. 

At the end of this live 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 are offered through the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.  Credits may now be awarded to a wide array of health professionals, including interprofessional continuing education credits to physicians, nurses practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, dentists, social workers and dietitians.

Credits are available for live viewing only. After each live session, a link to complete a survey will be sent to each participant. At the end of the series, a comprehensive certificate will be sent to you based on your survey completion. 

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]

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

Objectives: 

    • 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

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Date: February 8th, 2021

Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern / 9am-10am Pacific

Faculty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD 

Objectives:

  • 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
Genetic Metabolic Cases; March 8, 2021

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Date: March 8th, 2021

Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern / 9am-10am Pacific

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.  

Objectives:

  • 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
An Atypical Pathway to Clinical Genetics; April 12, 2021

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Date: April 12, 2021

Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern / 9am-10am Pacific

Faculty: Dr. Melanie Leu

 Objectives:

      • Review the pathway taken by Dr. Leu from primary care to becoming a geneticist
      • Demonstrate how knowledge of genetics can become part of a primary care practice
      • Discuss the importance of a medical home for children with genetic conditions
Genetics Reporting; May 10, 2021

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Date: May 10, 2021

Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern / 9am-10am Pacific

Faulty: Dr. Leah Burke, MD

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the parts of a microarray report and the information given in that report
  • Review the classification of genomic variants with respect to the interpretation of results
  • Review Direct to Consumer reports with respect to inclusion and exclusion and medical validity

     

    Previous Genetics Webinars From 2019 & 2020

     

    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