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Your DNA: a 21st Century User’s Guide

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November 19, 2019
All Day

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

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Presented by The Genesis Foundation for Children and Boston Children’s Hospital

Personalized medicine and genetics is now a core component of clinical practice, yet the availability of real-world educational programs remains a gap in both medical school and in clinical practice. This course demonstrates real-world evidence through the use of clinical case study and application in a variety of practice settings and patients.

Genetic medicine has changed dramatically over the past few years with an explosion in available tests including tests marketed directly to the consumer. Previously untreatable hereditary conditions now have specific therapies and genomics in every day medicine allows for personalizing pharmacological dosing and therapeutic interventions. Staying current in this rapidly changing field is challenging.

A 2014 survey of physicians found that more than half reported a lack of training to identify genetic risk factors, select appropriate tests and accurately interpret the results. CME opportunities to address this knowledge gap are limited and online resources may be out of date or commercial industry-sponsored. This course will incorporate didactic sessions on topics requested by the participants, question/answer sessions and offer opportunity for interactive debate about practical and ethical issues of incorporating genetic medicine into routine primary care.

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Philip Reilly, M.D. author of Orphan, The Quest to Save Children with Rare Genetic Disorders. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Reilly’s book.

The content of this course is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians and medical students interested in the field of genetics/genetic counseling. Patients and patient advocates associated with a life science company or nonprofit organization are also encouraged to attend.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the role of genomic medicine in primary care and describe the benefits and drawbacks
  2. Judge the ethics of personalized genomic medicine including privacy concerns
  3. Incorporate genomics in decisions about prescribing medication
  4. Compare various personalized genomics products currently being marketed directly to consumers and contrast with available medical genetic tests
  5. Identify genetic conditions for which specific treatments are now available


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