Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice

NSGC is pleased to announce the Online Course: Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice

Course Objectives

After participating in the “Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice” online sessions, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe benefits and challenges associated with implementing telemedicine for genetic counseling.
  • Evaluate available technology to aid in test selection and interpretation.
  • Implement technology in practice in order to identify new patients for referral and more efficiently prepare for new patient visits.

Course Format

The course consists of 10 pre-recorded presentations by leaders in the genomics community. The presentations include the presenter's lecture, fully synchronized to the slide presentation. All presentations will be posted online via the NSGC website for access and review. Participants can listen to presentations on their own schedule 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 Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice course will be required to complete and pass an online quiz for each presentation with a score of 80% or greater.

Course Session Titles, Presenters and Learning Objectives

MODULE 1: Telegenetics: Origins, Growth and Potential

Presented By: Becky B. Butler, MSSW, LCSW, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize types of telecommunication networks: equipment and connectivity, variety of existing telegenetic services, guidelines, how-to manuals, and resources.
  • Address barriers to telegenetic services: human factors, billing and reimbursement, licensure and credentialing, and infrastructure.
  • Identify steps in establishing a telegenetic service.

MODULE 2: Genetic Counseling through Telehealth

Presented By: Rebecca Hulinksy, MS, CGC, Department of Veterans Affairs

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the environment that contributes to a successful telehealth genetic counseling session.
  • Recognize barriers to providing genetic counseling via telehealth and formulate a plan to overcome those barriers.
  • Identify ways to modify traditional genetic counseling skills in the telehealth session.

MODULE 3: Stepping up Genetic Counseling with Technology

Presented By: Heather Fecteau, MS, CGC, The Medial Center of Plano

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how apps and tablets can improve productivity and efficiency in a genetic counseling setting.
  • Describe innovative communication strategies to improve patient understanding and access to genetic counseling services.
  • Inventory tools available to genetic counselors to streamline the task burden associated with complex test interpretation for their practice.

MODULE 4: Improving the Productivity of a Genetic Counselor: Tools for Obtaining the Family History Online Before the Appointment

Presented By: Linda Robinson MS, CGC, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the advantage of obtaining a family history prior to the patient's appointment.
  • Discuss current electronic models for family history collection.
  • Explore the impact of Risk Assessment modeling in the Cancer Genetics clinic prior to the appointment.

MODULE 5: Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Tools to Identify Patients in Primary Care, Prenatal and Pediatric Settings Who Might Benefit from Genetics

Presented By: Megan Doerr, MS, LGC, Cleveland Clinic

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the core arguments for use of tools to identify patients who might benefit from a referral to genetics.
  • Assess available tools, including application target audience, EMR-tool communication, clinic flow, and patient and provider feedback as available.
  • Discuss strategies and opportunities for implementation of clinical decision support and other tools in diverse clinical settings.

MODULE 6: Making Social Media Work for You: Strategies for Genetic Counselors

Presented By: Allison Janson Hazell, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Medcan Clinic

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of social media in healthcare and applicability to genetic counseling profession.
  • Illustrate ways that genetic counselors can leverage social technologies for the purpose of community outreach and marketing of genetic counselling services using case examples.
  • Demonstrate best use of social media tools available for personal professional development.

MODULE 7: Using Technology to Navigate the Testing Cycle

Presented By: Brandi Kattman, MS, CGC, NIH / NLM / NCBI

Learning Objectives:

  • Locate relevant professional guidelines in at least two of the demonstrated resources.
  • Compare methodologies between tests for the same condition.
  • Review the clinical significance for a sequence variant.

MODULE 8: Advancing the Use of Family History into the EHR/EMR

Presented By: Grant M. Wood, BSEE, Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the current state of both clinical family health history tools, and online family history applications for the patient. Outline their functionality today, and summarize what functionality is lacking, and how you can influence the priority and development of a comprehensive family history system.
  • Identify efforts, both past and present, which work towards standardizing family history collection and use. These efforts include the American Healthcare Information Community (AHIC) core data set, Meaningful Use requirements for both Stage 2 and 3, and HL7 standards, with their related interface, data storage, and interoperability issues.
  • Analyze current and future abilities of computer applications to do familial risk assessment, translate family history results to guide appropriate genetic testing and interpretation, and combine the data generated by these processes to do genetics-based population management.

MODULE 9: Realizing Genomic Medicine in the Clinic: The Role of Clinical Decision Support in the Electronic Health Record

Presented By: Marc Williams, MD, Genomic Medicine Institute, Geisinger Health System

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize and define the different types of clinical decision support (passive, asynchronous and active).
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of the use of clinical decision support to improve care.
  • Participate in and contribute to the creation of genomic clinical decision support tools at their institution.

MODULE 10: Electronic Tools for Measuring the Patient Outcomes of Genetic Counseling

Presented By: Jehannine C. Austin, PhD, CGC, CCGC, University of British Columbia

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the considerations relevant to turning instruments that measure patient outcomes into tools that can be administered electronically.
  • Discuss the ways in which having measures of patient outcomes available as electronic tools can help individual genetic counsellors and benefit the genetic counselling profession.
  • Describe for colleagues how to find and use the web based interface for the genetic counselling outcome scale.

Registration Information and Fees

Registration is now available! To purchase the course please go to the Online Education page and click on the button to "Add to Cart" or click on the "Add to Cart" button below to purchase now. 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
  • Non-Member: $225

(Contact for Student member price options)

  • NSGC Student Member: $75
  • Student Non-Member: $100
  • Course directors: $275 (covers access for 15 students; no CEU certificates provided)

Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice
Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice

The 2014 NSGC Online Course: Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice is now available for purchase! This online course is designed to assist genetic counselors in maximizing technology in their clinical practice.  Lectures will cover a variety of topics including telegenetics, test selection, social media, patient outcome measurement and the electronic health record. 

Course Objectives:

  • Describe benefits and challenges associated with implementing telemedicine for genetic counseling.
  • Evaluate available technology to aid in test selection and interpretation.
  • Implement technology in practice in order to identify new patients for referral and more efficiently prepare for new patient visits.

Course Description and Information

This course is available for CEUs until 5/31/2018.  

Accessing the Course

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, click on the NSGC Logo on the top right corner of whatever page you are on. You will then be taken to the NSGC Member Center. In the Quick Links box, click on the "My Online Courses" link. You will then be taken to a page with instructions on how to access your online courses, and how to optimize your experience. The link to your online courses is labeled "Connect to Your Courses." 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.

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 1.01 CEUs (or 10.12 Contact Hours) through 12/31/2018. 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 Incorporating Technology Into Genetic Counseling Practice online sessions will be required to complete and pass an online quiz for each session with at least an 80%.

Planning Workgroup

  • Carrie Prochniak, Chair
  • Kristen Hanson, Vice Chair
  • Jehannine Austin
  • Samantha Baxter
  • Leslie Evans
  • Heather Fecteau
  • Allie Hazell
  • Becky Hulinsky
  • Sarah Keilman
  • Shannon Kieran
  • Kristin Niendorf
  • Arielle Yorczyk
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