ACOG Education in Women's Genomics Counseling

Introduction to Genomics

Watch/Listen to the Genomics course introduction.


  • A certificate in Education in Women’s Genomics Counseling  
  • Up to 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • ABOG MOC Part IV Credit 

Three-Part Curriculum
Requirements for Miami (8/2018), Washington, D.C. (12/2018), and San Diego

Participants must complete all three components to earn 18 CME credits: 

1. One-day didactic course at one of the following locations (refundable $99 placeholding fee):

Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2018) 
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San Diego (February 4, 2019)
Information forthcoming



2. Completion of 8 virtual modules: To be completed online before April, 2019

3. A final three-hour didactic session, completed in-person or virtually, at the 2019 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

  • May 3–5, 2019 in Nashville, TN (course date TBD)
  • One-day or full registration required
  • Virtual attendees have one week to view the lecture online
  • Participants must successfully complete posttest online 

Purpose and Description

The purpose of this three-part course is to educate obstetrician-gynecologists and allied health care professionals about genetics and genomics as they relate to preconception/prenatal care and evaluation of women at increased risk for hereditary cancer syndromes. This mixed-media curriculum will enhance physicians’ knowledge and application of genomic technologies in the fields of reproductive healthcare.


By the end of this educational series, the learner should be able to:

  • Solicit a family history to identify appropriate genetic screening.

  • Counsel a preconception/prenatal patient on new carrier screening and aneuploidy screening options, and the implications of positive and negative test result

  • Discuss the pros and cons of new genetic test options for patients seeking prenatal diagnostic testing

  • Recognize and counsel patients about hereditary cancer syndromes of relevance to women’s health and develop an evidence-based testing strategy

Why Should I Take This Course? 

This course is:

  • An interactive and clinically-oriented session focusing on new genetic technologies of relevance to women’s health

  • Developed and presented by clinicians for clinicians

  • Offered to help obstetricians-gynecologists integrate genetics and genomics into their daily practice

Lecture Topics

  • Obtaining and Recording Family History

  • Chromosome Disorders

  • Genomic Arrays in Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Prenatal Diagnostic Testing

  • Clinical Applications of Array Testing

  • Preconception and Prenatal Carrier Screening

  • Cell-free DNA Aneuploidy Screening

  • Basic Cancer Genetics

  • Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

  • Clinical Approach to Cancer Counseling and Testing

  • Surveillance and Medical Management of Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

  • Surgical Risk Reduction




Washington, DC - Dec 7, 2018

San Diego, CA - Feb 4, 2019




American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188