Genomics 101: What Is Genomics Counseling and Why Is It Important?

About the Course

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 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 resting
  • Surveillance and medical management of hereditary cancer syndromes
  • Surgical risk reduction

Learning Objectives

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