We are pleased to announce that our academic co-directors have moved to the University of Pennsylvania. Kathleen Valverde, MS, CGC, and Laura Conway, PhD, CGC, have served as Course academic directors since October 2014. For a complete review of this Course’s 35-year history, please visit the History link section.
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Academic Co-Directors: Kathleen Valverde, MS, LCGC, and Laura Conway, PhD, LCGC, Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Management: Bea Leopold, BLCommunications, LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Registration is ongoing and available anytime. Your registration is valid for nine full months following the date you receive your access information, most often within three business days of your registration. For example: If your registration date is February 20, 2019, your access will be active until November 30, 2019. If your registration date is December 1, 2019, your access will be active until September 30, 2020.
If you are in a study group, access will be released once all members are registered. Your access will begin on the day we send your codes.
The genealogy of this Course traces back to Dr. Elizabeth F. Neufeld, now Professor Emerita at the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1984, Dr. Neufeld urged Dan Camerini-Otero, MD, PhD, Alan Schechter, MD, and John Mulvihill, MD, to develop a two-day Course in medical genetics under the sponsorship of the Interinstitute Medical Genetics Program of the National Institutes of Health in anticipation of the pending examination by the newly-formed American Board of Medical Genetics. The initial offerings of this Course were given in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993.
For subsequent cycles, 1996 through 2005, Elizabeth Gettig, MS, CGC, joined Dr. Mulvihill to serve as academic co-directors. They joined with the National Society of Genetic Counselors in a business and managerial partnership under the direction of Bea Leopold, NSGC’s Executive Director. In 2007, the Course converted to an online format, directed by Ms. Gettig and Dr. Mulvihill at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Human Genetics. Ms. Leopold continued as business and management director through her consulting company, BLCommunications LLC.
In 2008, the Course was granted approval for Category I Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. From 2009 - 2015, it was approved for CMEs by the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. Due to low requests for CMEs, they were no longer offered after June 30, 2015.
In its 30th year, 2014, the Course’s academic home moved to Arcadia University with Kathleen Valverde, MS, CGC, and Laura Conway, PhD, CGC, serving as Academic Co-Directors. In 2019, Ms. Valverde and Dr. Conway moved to the University of Pennsylvania where they continue to provide high-level, intensive and broad-reaching education to serve the medical genetics and genetic counseling community and other related professionals.
Online learning has many advantages.
You, the registrants, win by being offered a comprehensive, well-organized program in real time to deliver the highest quality didactic and interactive learning environment. We look forward to your participation and to meeting your needs with stellar service as well as a fast, efficient and effective proven learning modality.
- It is available 24/7, meeting your schedule and pace preferences.
- It saves travel-related expenses and lost time from the office.
- It provides a generous allotment of CEUs for practicing genetic counselors to fulfill ongoing educational requirements, all at the convenience of your office or home computer or any of your mobile devices.
This Course has been developed as an advanced, intensive learning experience for the following groups:
- Individuals preparing to sit for the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics examinations.
- Genetic professionals wishing to earn ABGC-approved Category 1 CEUs for certification or licensure.
- Certified genetic counselors, geneticists and other health care professionals seeking to review or refresh their knowledge of genetics and genetic counseling.
- Clinicians, scientists, health care providers with a desire for an in-depth survey of basic and clinical genetics and genetic counseling best practices.
- Genomic industry sales or scientific team members wishing for an intensive, self-paced review of basic genetics.
- Individuals with a basic knowledge of genetics who have a desire to explore their understanding of advanced and clinical genetics.
The purpose of this Course is to provide a comprehensive review of the field of medical genetics, advances in genomic medicine and issues related to genetic counseling. It may be utilized as an aid in preparation for the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) comprehensive examinations or as an in-depth educational experience for those seeking a knowledge base or refresher in these areas of study. Course registrants must have an understanding of basic and applied genetics, genomics, statistics and counseling theory to derive maximum benefit from this Course.
This Course is an intensive online review of medical genetics and genetic counseling. At the conclusion of the Course, participants should be able to:
- Identify specific areas of strengths and weaknesses in genetic knowledge and counseling theory using pre- and post-test tools.
- Utilize basic genetic principles and case study examples in medical and genetic counseling practice.
- Apply knowledge, concepts and theories learned throughout the course to improve genetics practice skills.
Access to this course is available on a secured, password-protected website. Registrants may access the Course on any computer or mobile device at any time, 24/7.
All registrants will be invited to voluntarily complete an online pre-test prior to taking the course to identify specific areas of strength and weakness. Results are not graded or shared with others. The intent of the pre-test is to allow registrants to identify areas of concentrated study. A post-test is also available, and again, the results are not graded or shared with others. These tests may be taken repeatedly for self-assessment purposes.
Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX (ret.); Colleen Muraresku, MS, CGC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
Katherine A. Schneider, MPH, CGC, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA; Jill Stopfer, MS, CGC, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA
Emily M. James, MS, CGC, Invitae, Pittsburgh PA
Michael T. Mennuti, MD, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Human Genetics and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD, FACMG, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Dawn C. Allain, MS, LGC, The Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Program, Columbus OH
Genetic Counseling Principles and Practice
Carrie Atzinger, MS, CGC, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH; Kathryn Spitzer Kim, MS, CGC, Stanford, CA (former Director of Genetic Counseling Education, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA); Lisa Kessler, MS, CGC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; Kathleen Valverde, MS, CGC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Genetics and the Law
Emily M. James, MS, CGC, Invitae, Pittsburgh PA
Introduction to Course
Kathleen Valverde, MS, CGC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Jehannine Austin, PhD, CGC, CCGC, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; Brenda Finucane, MS, LGC, Geisinger Health System, Lewisburg PA; TO: Emily M. James, MS, CGC, Invitae, Pittsburgh PA; Staci Kallish, DO, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA; Ian Krantz, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA; Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA; Reed Pyeritz, MD, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA; Ronald Rubenstein, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
Laura J. Conway, PhD, CGC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Livija Medne, MS, CGC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA; Elisabeth Wood, MS, CGC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Cecelia A. Bellcross, PhD, CGC, Emory Genetic Counseling Program, Atlanta GA; Jodie M. Vento, MGC, CGC, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
Janet Berman, MS, LCGC, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia PA; Dee Quinn, MS, CGC, Arizona Pregnancy Riskline and College of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ; Nicole Truitt, MS, LCGC, Progenity, Ann Arbor, MI
Lisa Schwartz, MS, EdD, CGC, The George Washington University, Washington, DC; Robert Wilson, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Dawn C. Allain, MS, LGC, Director of The Ohio State University (OSU) Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, is a licensed genetic counselor and Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She was awarded a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University in 1993 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors in 1996. Ms. Allain served as a member of the OSU Biomedical Institution Review Board from 2006 through 2014 and is a member of the OSU College of Medicine's Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. She is currently a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors' (NSGC) Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Advisory Group, is a past member of the NSGC Ethics Advisory Group and is a past president the NSGC. Most recently, she authored two chapters in a book published in October 2014, Ethical Dilemmas in Genetics and Genetic Counseling, "Testing Children for Adult Onset Conditions," and "Ethical Issues in Genetic and Genomic Research."
Carrie Atzinger, MS, CGC, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Genetic Counseling Program, where she now serves as Assistant Director. Her clinical practice specializes in pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In addition, whe coordinates CCHMC's Marfan/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Clinic and Skeletal Dysplasia Center. She has developed online courses in Cardiovascular Genetics and Laboratory Genetic Counseling in addition to updating previously available courses in Embryology and Teratology. Carrie serves as a faculty member for the CCHMC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, and is involved in various other administrative aspects of the program.
Jehannine Austin, PhD, CGC, CCGC, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry & Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics. She completed her PhD in neuropsychiatric genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine prior to pursuing her training and certification in genetic counseling at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on the interface between psychiatric genetics and clinical practice. She completed the first randomized controlled trial to investigate the impact of genetic counselling for individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorder. In addition, she has co-authored a book, How to Talk with Families about Genetics and Psychiatric Illness, and in 2012, founded the first international specialist psychiatric genetic counselling service that now trains clinicians from all over the world. Her international scholarly works, professional activities, awards and publications are numerous.
Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC, obtained her Master of Science degree in Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetic Counseling program in 1990, and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences in 2007. Following her work as a clinical genetics counselor from 1990-2008, she completed a fellowship through the American Society of Human Genetics with the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics in Atlanta in 2010. Dr. Bellcross earned her certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) in 1993, and recently served on the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). She is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, where she developed and is Director of the Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program. She is frequently invited to speak at national meetings and symposia, and has more than a dozen articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. Her areas of interest and expertise include hereditary cancer and translational genomics.
Janet Berman, MS, LCGC, was awarded a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2003 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005. She is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Currently, she serves as Assistant Director of Perinatal Genetics at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, where her responsibilities include clinical counseling, education, supervision and research. She has written five book chapters and holds numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to the field of genetic counseling.
Laura J. Conway, PhD, CGC, received her BS in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MS in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. She joined the Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Program in 2004, beginning as Assistant Director and later as Associate Director. As of 2019, she is the Associate Director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of medicine. She is also co-director of the Review Course in Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling. Her varied credentials and experience have enriched her teaching of advanced science and laboratory courses and student mentorship. She is active in various professional organizations and currently serves as President of the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. Dr. Conway has been published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed journals.
Brenda Finucane, MS, LGC, is a licensed genetic counselor and the Associate Director of the Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute of Geisinger Health System in Lewisburg, PA. Her clinical and research activities have focused on genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. Ms. Finucane has a particular interest in the behavioral and cognitive manifestations of fragile X, Smith-Magenis, 15q duplication, and other syndromes that result in complex intellectual and neuropsychological symptoms. Her experience with this population includes young children through adults, and she has a specific interest in research related to the natural history of behavioral and developmental disorders over the lifespan. Ms. Finucane is widely published and has been in leadership roles in professional and advocacy organizations throughout her career, including a term as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors in 2012.
Emily M. James, MS, CGC, received her masters in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Training Program, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Currently, she is on the genetic counseling team at Invitae. Previously, she served in the West Penn Allegheny Health System in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Genetics Programs. She has made poster presentations at the American Society of Human Genetics. In addition, she co-instructed a course in clinical genetics for nurses and lectured in a course on hereditary cancer for doctor of nursing practice students at the Robert Morris University. She has lectured first year genetic counseling students at the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program.
Staci M. Kallish, DO, is a physician in the Division of Translational Medicine and Medical Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Medical Genetics - Clinical Biochemical Genetics. Among her clinical areas of interest are cardiomyopathies, skeletal dysplasias, connective tissue disease, metabolic myopathies, muscular dystrophies, neurofibromatosis and developmental disabilities.
Lisa Kessler, MS, LCGC, is a graduate of the Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Program. Currently, Ms. Kessler is the Assistant Director of the Master in Science of Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her affiliation in the graduate program, she served in a variety of positions at University of Pennsylvania, including the Departments of Psychiatry and Ophthalmology and the Division of Medical Genetics. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Kathryn Spitzer Kim, MS, CGC, has been a genetic counselor for 28 years and has taught in a genetic counseling training programs for 20 of those years, giving her a broad perspective on the field and many years of experience teaching and critiquing best practices in the field. She currently is on faculty in the Stanford University Genetic Counseling Program. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Counseling Education at the Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Program. Additionally, she has published in several peer review journals including the Journal of Genetic Counseling, for which she served as an editor for several years. She is the author of the chapter on interviewing in A Guide to Genetic Counseling (2009) edited by Uhlmann, Schutte, and Yashar. Her personal areas of expertise and interest are the psychological foundations of genetic counseling and multicultural perspectives.
Ian D. Krantz, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Co-director of Individualized Medical Genetic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Philadelphia, PA, and serves as Medical Director of the Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Program. He earned his MD at Tel Aviv University in 1991. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Genetics. His areas of research interest are of the molecular etiology of syndromic and non-syndromic human development disorders and birth defects, particularly those syndromes related to birth defects and hearing loss. In practice, as a pediatrician and clinical geneticist, his focus is on dysmorphology and pediatric genetics disorders, including Cornelia de Lange, Alagille and Pallister Killian syndromes and related disorders. In addition, he directs a genetics clinic dedicated to children with sensorineural hearing loss. Dr. Krantz is well published in peer-reviewed journals.
Donna McDonald McGinn, MS, CGC, received her BA in biology and sociology from Rosemont College and her MS in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. After graduation, she joined the Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology as a genetic counselor and clinical coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She was recently appointed Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and is Director of the 22q and You Center at CHOP. Her areas of expertise are clinical research and genetic counseling related to the diagnosis of cleft palate and craniofacial disorders, and she has been recognized internationally for her work with 22q. In 2012, she received the DiGeorge Medal of Honor for her expertise and contributions to the understanding and/or treatment of chromosome 22q deletion syndrome. She was only the second person to receive this highly esteemed honor.
Livija Medne, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor who has been working in pediatric genetics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since 1997. For the last 12 years, she has focused on neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders and has seen and counseled patients and families with both centrally mediated neurologic disorders and peripheral neuromuscular diseases. She has participated in clinical treatment trials for DMD as well as several natural history trials and patient registries for other neuromuscular diseases. She serves on the Genetic Counseling Taskforce for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since 2014, Livija has been working as a co-director of the Individualized Medical Genetics Center at CHOP. This newly established program sees patients who undergo large-scale genomic testing, with the focus on exome/genome sequencing. Throughout her carreer in genetic counseling, Livija has been lecturing to medical and genetic counseling students as well as genetics and neurology fellows.
Michael T. Mennuti, MD, is professor emeritus of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Human Genetics and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified in clinical cytogenetics, clinical genetics, obstetrics and gynecology and is subspecialty certified in maternal fetal medicine. Among numerous leadership roles, he served as President of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as a Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology including as Vice President of the Board. Dr. Mennuti served as Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania for 18 years and Director of the Reproductive Genetics and Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis Program for more than 25 years. Dr. Mennuti, is currently affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. His research and clinical interests include development of methods to screen for fetal Down syndrome, screening for cystic fibrosis and prevention of folic acid dependent neural tube defects. He has been awarded numerous commendations for professional excellence and has authored or co-authored numerous scientific or clinical publications. Most recently he has written the two chapters on cytogenetics in a text published by Elsevier titled Perinatal Genetics edited by Mary Norton, Jeffrey Kuller and Lorraine Dugoff
Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Director, Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and a Fellow in Genetics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been nationally recognized with numerous awards and honors. She serves on the ECOG/ACRIN Cytogenetics Subcommittee in the Leukemia group. Dr. Morrissette has contributed to more than 90 publications.
Colleen Clarke Muraresku, MS, LCGC, is Senior Genetic Counselors and Program Administrator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned her Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University, Glenside PA. Her interest and area of expertise is in biochemical genetics, and she has nearly a dozen peer-reviewed articles, including being lead author for an article published by Molecular Genetics and Metabolism in 2013.
Reed E. Pyeritz, MD, PhD Board certified in internal medicine and clinical genetics, earned both a PhD in biological chemistry in 1972 and his MD in 1975 at Harvard. His medical training was at both Brigham Hospital in Boston and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he became a full professor. He served as chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Medicine and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, he became the William Smilow Professor of Medicine. He founded the National Marfan Foundation and continues to serve on its Professional Advisory Board. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation. He is co-editor of the standard text in his field, Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, the 6th edition of which was published in 2014. Dr. Pyeritz has long been recognized as an international authority on the genetics of cardiovascular disorders, most notably, Marfan syndrome and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). He was recently appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has published over 500 scientific articles, reviews, editorials and chapters in textbooks.
Dee Quinn, MS, CGC, has been Director of the Arizona Pregnancy Riskline since its inception in 1999, and is Clinical Lecturer in the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Arizona, where she teaches genetics and teratology to medical students, residents, and other allied health professionals. In addition, she provides prenatal and teratology genetic counseling at the University. She received a BSN degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1975 and her Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981. At the University of Connecticut from 1981-1989, Ms. Quinn provided prenatal, pediatric and cancer genetic counseling and developed the Connecticut Pregnancy Riskline. Well-recognized for her work in teratology, Quinn has been first author on numerous peer-reviewed publications and has presented at national and international teratology conferences. She served as President of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) from 1999-2001 and Executive Director from 2005-2012.
Ronald Rubenstein, MD, PhD, is a pediatric pulmonologist specializing in novel pharmacotherapies and advanced techniques for diagnosis and evaluation of cystic fibrosis and noisy breathing in infancy. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA. He received his medical education from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, followed by a residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Katherine A. Schneider, MPH, CGC, is Senior Genetic Counselor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Ms. Schneider was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Since 1991, she has been considered a leader among her peers in the field of cancer genetic counseling. Ms. Schneider is author of Counseling about Cancer: Strategies for Genetic Counseling, published by Wiley & Sons. The book is now in its third edition. She has numerous presentations at professional meetings and nearly 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she was awarded the prestigious Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship in 1992. She currently serves on an AACR workshop to develop surveillance recommendations for children with hereditary cancer syndromes. She has been certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (1987) and licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2009). Her awards and memberships are numerous and a Presidential Term for National Society of Genetic Counselors (2000 - 2004).
Lisa Schwartz, MS, EdD, CGC, received her masters in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Training Program and her doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She is former director of the University of Maryland Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program, and she currently is Assistant Professor at the Department of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University in Washington DC. She has extensive teaching experience and has more than two dozen publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Jill Stopfer, MS, CGC, was awarded her degree in genetic counseling at the University of Michigan in 1988. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling. From 2008 - 2015, she was the Familial Cancer Coordinator at Abramson Cancer Center and Basser Center for BRCA at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and was among the first genetic counselors in the country to develop a high risk breast program, offering family history assessment, risk calculation and research participation. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she helped to establish research and clinical protocols for a multidisciplinary clinical and research cancer genetics program, which has served thousands of families with a specialty in risk assessment and genetic testing and counseling families at increased risk for breast, ovarian, colon, pancreatic and other hereditary forms of cancer. In 2015, she relocated to Boston MA, and was named Associate Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention.
Nicole Truitt, MS, LCGC, is a licensed and certified genetic counselor, and serves as a Medical Science Liaison at Progenity, Inc., in Ann Arbor, MI. She was awarded a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2003 and was certified in 2005. Her responsibilities include interpreting and communicating test results and providing information and support to medical professionals to improve client understanding of test results. Prior to this position, she was a genetic counselor in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia PA and in the Department of Genetics at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT. She coordinates monthly education programs for her division and has lectured at numerous university programs on topics of interest to divisions of genetics and genetic counseling.
Kathleen Valverde, PhD, CGC, serves as Director of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. She is co-director of the Review Course in Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling. Active in her profession, she has served on the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD), is a founding member of the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling (ACGC), was a Board member of American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and has held numerous leadership positions of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She was instrumental in the process that resulted in licensure for genetic counselors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her publications are well recognized and she is a frequent invited speaker at national professional conferences.
Jodie M. Vento, MGC, CGC, currently works at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as the manager of the Brain Care Institute, which have followed positions as Manager, Center for Rare Disease Therapy and Genetic Counseling Supervisor for Laboratory Services. She previously worked at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC as the coordinator for the Neurogenetics Program. Jodie received a grant through the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) to develop a targeted education program, entitled "Genetics for the Child Neurologist". She provides supervision of genetic counseling interns from the University of Pittsburgh and lectures to students, nurses, and physicians. She works closely with a patient advocacy group, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, on program development and annual conferences. Jodie obtained a Masters in Genetic Counseling from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She is a certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD, has a distinguished career in medical genetics and is certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Biochemical Genetics. He was awarded a dual degree in Medicine (MD) and Biochemistry (PhD) from Case Western Reserve followed by post-doctoral internship, residency and genetic fellowships at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He served from 1989 - 2015 at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he was a Distinguished Teaching Professor from 2007 - 2015 at the time of his retirement. He was Principal or Co-Investigator for numerous research grants in biochemical genetics awarded by NIH, New York State Department of Health and Texas Department of Health.
Robert B. Wilson, MD, PhD, received his BA in Music and his BS in Biochemistry from Brown University, and his MD and PhD in Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency training in Clinical Pathology and his fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and he was then a post-doctoral researcher in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in 1992 and is now a Full Professor. His primary research interests are in the neurodegenerative disorder Friedreich's ataxia, in the development of small RNA therapeutics and in the statistics of genetic risk assessment. During a sabbatical in 2012 - 2013, Dr. Wilson studied computer science and advanced statistics at the University of Pennsylvania, culminating in graduate-level courses in Machine Learning and Advanced Bayesian Data Analysis. In addition to research, he is a practicing molecular genetic pathologist in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches general pathology to medical and graduate students, molecular pathology to residents and fellows, and topics related to neurodegenerative disease to neuroscience graduate students.
Elisabeth McCarty Wood, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor in the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2005. Ms. Wood has specialized in the genetics of neurodegenerative disease since 2003, including involvement in molecular and clinical research for frontotemporal degeneration, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, and Parkinson disease. She has participated as a member of the REVEAL IV research team, and is currently a member of the genetic testing and education committee for the Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative APOE4 Treatment Trial. She recently authored two chapters, one on the genetics of frontotemporal degeneration in the book What If It's Not Alzheimer's, and the second on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Genetic Counseling for Adult Neurogenetic Disease.
CEUs for Genetic Counselors
CEUs are available for Board certified active registrants, only. Once you are no longer an active registrant, you may re-enroll within a five-year period of your original registration for the purpose of accruing CEUs. We offer a significant discounted rate. Contact Audrey: Audrey@BLCommunications.us
The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized BLCommunications. LLC, to offer up to 8.545 CEUs or 85.45 Category 1 contact hours for the activity Online Review Course in Medical Genetics and Genetic Counseling. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.
- For individuals who have not previously completed the Course for CEUs, including lectures and tutorials: 8.54 CEUs or 85.45 Contact Hours.
- New and updated lectures and tutorials only, for individuals who have previously completed the Course for CEUs between October 5, 2015 – October 4, 2019 are eligible for up to 3.69 CEUs or 36.97 Contact Hours.
- New and updated lectures and tutorials only, for individuals who have previously completed the Course for CEUs between January 1, 2014 - October 4, 2015 are eligible for up to 7.35 CEUs or 73.53 Contact Hours.
- New and updated lectures and tutorials only, for individuals who have previously completed the Course for CEUs prior to January 1, 2014: 7.97 CEUs or 79.7 Contact Hours.
Genetic Counselors are not eligible for ABGC-approved CEUs toward recertification until the letter awarding diplomate status is received. Exceptions may be outlined in guidelines set by American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Once officially certified, the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned in this program for the purposes of certification or recertification.
If you need help determining which CEU group you qualify for or if you need clarification about the fee schedule, send an email to Audrey@blcommunications.us for assistance.
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|TOPIC||Speaker||Title||CEU eligible Lecture Hours:Minutes||Tutorial Questions|
|Introduction||Kathleen Valverde, MS||Study for Success||0:00||0|
|Biochemical Genetics||Lewis J. Waber, MD, PhD||Biochemical Genetics & Metabolic Syndromes||6:49||42|
|Colleen Murarasku, MS, ||Mitochondrial Disorders||1:34||21|
|Cancer Genetics||Jill Stopfer, MS||Breast, Ovarian and GI Cancers; New Panel Testing||4:21||35|
|Katherine Schneider, MS||Tumor Predisposition and Childhood Cancers||1:59||30|
|Cardiogenetics||Emily M. James, MS||Cardiovascular Genetics||1:20||40|
|Cytogenetics||Michael T. Mennuti, MD||Cytogenetics and Molecular Cytogenetics||3:55||32||Jennifer JD Morrissette, PhD ||Cytogenetics and Molecular Cytogenetics||1:32||32
|Ethics||Dawn Allain, MS, LGC||Ethics of Genetic Counseling||1:12||14|
|Genetic Counseling Principles and Practice||Kathryn S. Kim, MS||Addressing Difficult Issues with Clients and Crisis Intervention||1:00||11|
|Kathleen Valverde, MS||Guiding Models and Hallmarks of Patient Interactions
|Lisa Kessler, MS||Case Management: Theories and Concepts ||0:51||12|
|Carrie Atzinger, MS||Clinical Supervision and Self Care||1:00||10|
|Genetics and the Law||Emily M. James, MS||Genetics Nondiscrimination: The Law||0:18||15|
|Medical Genetics||Ian Krantz, MD||Intro to Dysmorphology||1:17||12|
|Staci Kallish, DO||Common Genetic Disorders||0:50||10|
|Ron Rubinstein, MD, PhD||Cystic Fibrosis||0:45||10|
|Reed Pyeritz, MD, PhD
||Marfan's and other Arteriopathies||0:47||10|
|Brenda Finucune, MS||Mental Retardation and FraX||1:03||10|
|Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS||What's New with 22q?||0:59||11|
|Jehannine Austin, PhD||Genetics of Complex Disorders||1:02||14|
|Emily M. James, MS||Patterns of Inheritance||0:41||20|
|Molecular Genetics||Laura Conway, PhD||Molecular Genetics, Parts 1 - 6 ||4:34||57|
|Neurogenetics||Livija Medne, MS
||Childhood Neuromuscular and Neurodegenerative Disorders||2:16||23|
|Beth Wood, MS|
Adult Neurodegenerative Disorders: Adult Onset Dementia and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Gaucher diseases
|New Genomics||Jodie Vento||WES, OLIGO, Microarray||1:44||31|
|Cecelia Bellcross, PhD||Genomic Medicine - Expanding Opportunities for Genetic Professionals||1:44||20|
|Prenatal Genetics||Janet Berman, MS||U/S Findings and PN Testing; CfDNA||3:58||20|
|Nicole Truitt, MS||Aneuploidy and Carrier Screening; DxTesting||4:15||20|
|Dee Quinn, MS||Teratogens||0:45||15|
|Quantatative Genetics||Robert Wilson, MD, PhD||Baysian Probability||1:30||10|
|Lisa Schwartz, EdD||Hardy Weinberg Applications||0:46||25|
|Course Review||Course Tutorial Review|| || ||25|
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