NSGC is pleased to announce the Online Course: Genomics. Click on the links below to learn more about this year's online offerings:
After participating in the Genomics online sessions, attendees will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic genomic literacy and understand the epidemiological factors involved in genomic testing.
- Understand the variety of genomic tests available and identify their utility with regard to screening, diagnosis and management of disease.
- Describe general recommendations for and the ethical implications of genomic testing.
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The course consists of 10 pre-recorded presentations written by leaders in the genomics community. The presentations include the presenter's lecture, fully synchronized to their slide presentation. All presentations will be posted online via the NSGC web site for access and review. Participants can to listen to presentations on their own schedule, any time of day by accessing the NSGC web site. While the sessions may be viewed in any order, it may be most useful to complete them in the order listed. The format also allows for increased information retention - since each of us learn at our own time and pace, the amount of information retained from the presentation is often greater with a self-directed process.
Participants interested in earning CEUs for participation in the Genomics course will be required to complete and pass an online quiz for each presentation with a score of 80% or greater.
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Course Session Titles, Presenters and Learning Objectives
Session Title: Genomics 101
Presented By: Trish Brown, MS, CGC
- Understand the scope of the term “genomics.”
- Describe basic genome functions.
- Give examples of relevant epidemiological and statistical concepts.
Session Title: Genomic technologies and test availability
Presented By: Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC
- Explain how GWAS are used to identify disease associated SNPs.
- Describe genomic profiling approaches and limitations.
- Evaluate the clinical validity and utility of genomic-based risk prediction.
Session Title: Sequencing
Presented By: Dr. Elaine Lyon & Dr. Rong Mao
- Describe and compare methodology of Next Generation Sequencing platforms.
- Discuss processes and uses for multi-gene panels, exome and genome sequencing.
- Discuss complexities of sequencing data and approaches for analysis and variant interpretation.
Session Title: Genomics and Cancer
Presented By: Rebecca Nagy, MS, CGC
- Describe the concept of the “Cancer Genome.”
- Identify examples of cancer genomics currently being used in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer.
- Identify future uses of cancer genomics.
- Examine opportunities for genetic counselors in the cancer genome era.
Session Title: SNP-guided comprehensive cancer risk assessment
Presented By: Sara Riordan, MS, CGC
- Demonstrate how SNP-based risk prediction models can inform on cancer risk.
- Discuss the current limitations of SNP-based cancer risk assessment.
- Highlight how genomic technologies can guide personalized cancer treatment.
Session Title: Prenatal carrier screening and products of conception screening by microarray
Presented By: Kelly Gonzalez, MS, CGC & Melissa Maisenbacher, MS, CGC
- Describe the various types of prenatal genomic screening available.
- Describe the availability, benefits and limitations of carrier screening/genotyping by current technologies.
- Inform how to determine residual risk for patients with a "normal" screen."
Session Title: Whole Genome Sequencing and Arrays: Intended and Unexpected Results
Presented By: Julianne O’Daniel, MS, CGC
- Broaden knowledge of clinical whole-genome testing through sequencing and microarray technologies.
- Gain awareness and discernment regarding current indications for these technologies as well as possible test results (intended and unexpected).
- Gain insight into both case preparation and counseling approaches to dealing with results.
Session Title: Pharmacogenomics
Presented By: Shannon Kieran, MS, CGC
- Define basic pharmacogenomic terms and nomenclature.
- Describe genetic variants associated with common adverse responses to medications.
- Summarize the clinical and personal utility of pharmacogenomics testing.
Session Title: ELSI
Presented By: Allison Janson Hazell, MSc, CGC, CCGC and Jennifer Leib, MS, CGC
- Understand the impact of consumer and cultural trends on the development of the genomic testing industry.
- Identify recourse for staying up to date on the shifting genomic landscape.
- Explore the evolving relationship between online communities and internet-based genomic tools.
- Learn about the protections in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
- Understand how genetic tests and labs are regulated.
- Learn about the legal battle over patents on DNA.
Session Title: Overview of national guidelines and genomic screening recommendations
Presented By: Emily Edelman, MS, CGC
- Recognize the current applications of public health genomics.
- Examine the Genomic Objectives of Healthy People 2020.
- Explore the benefits and limitations of public health guidelines in personalized medicine.
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Registration Information and Fees
Registration is now available! To purchase the course please go to the NSGC Shop. The registration fee includes access to all 10 online presentations as well as all CEU fees. Partial access will not be granted. Registration fees are as follows:
- NSGC Member: $175
- NSGC Student Member: $75
- Non-Member: $225
- Student Non-Member: $100
- Course directors: $275 (covers access for 15 students; no CEU certificates provided)
NSGC will only accept credit cards via the Shop, click here. The student rate is not valid online so if you are a non-member student, please download and complete the Student Order Form ONLY and return to NSGC. If you have any questions concerning registration, please contact email@example.com.
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Once you purchase the activity, you will need to wait up to fifteen minutes for the server to enable access within your NSGC member record. While you are logged-in to the NSGC website, in the upper right hand corner, click ‘HOME’ (this appears below your name) then scroll down and in the bottom right corner find the option for ‘Active Online Courses’. Click on ‘View Your Online Education’ to be taken to the Active Online Courses home page. Click on 'Connect to Your Courses' to access your individual courses (please note that a separate window will open, so your pop-up blocker should be disabled). Make sure the NSGC Online Learning Center page is open at all times while working within a unique module. Also, all pop-ups within the Online Learning Center need to be closed before closing out of the Online Learning Center in order to record your activity within the course. Please call NSGC headquarters at 312.321.6834 with any questions.
From NSGC's Online Learning Center, you will see the course under the training manual section. Click on any one of the ten module titles to participate in the individual session.
Course participants who choose to earn CEUs will have 2 years to complete and pass the quizzes to earn CEUs. New this year, participants can print their CEU certificate online immediately after completing the quiz and won't need to wait for NSGC to issue CEUs!
Prior to purchasing the online educational programs, please view the system requirements FAQs.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has approved this program for up to 1.1 CEUs or 11.34 contact hours through 9/1/2013. CEUs earned through this program will be accepted by ABGC as Category 1 CEUs for purposes of certification and recertification.
Attendees interested in earning CEUs for participation in the Genomics online sessions will be required to complete and pass an online quiz for each session with at least an 80%.
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