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Genetics for the Primary Care Provider (Adult)

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize genetic disorders that occur in adults
2. Discuss clinical approach to evaluate an adult with a genetic disorder such as hereditary hemochromatosis and familial hypercholesterolemia
3. Define polygenic risk score and its impact in the current genomic era
0.5 Credit CME
Genetics for the Primary Care Provider (Adult)

The unprecedented, rapid advances in genetic and genomic knowledge, information and technologies have made it challenging for primary care and other nongenetics health care providers to stay current on recommendations and practices in clinical genetics. To address this education gap for nongenetics providers and to foster the effective integration of those advances into the broad clinical practice of primary care and specialty health care providers, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has created a formal online accredited continuing education offering, “ACMG Genetics101 for Healthcare Providers.” In each module of the course, a board-certified medical genetics expert will provide a case-based presentation, along with supporting reading materials.

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Genetics101 for Healthcare Providers

Date of Release: 02/1/2022

Expiration Date: 02/1/2025

Credits offered: .5 per module

Estimate time of completion: 5 hours

Course/Module must be completed by the expiration date

This course is supported by an independent medical education grant from Illumina, Inc.

Target Audience:

This course is primarily for the non-geneticist health care professional.


The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics designates this online enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accredited Continuing Education Financial Disclosure

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide Accredited Continuing Education (ACE) for physicians. ACMG is an organization committed to improvement of patient care and general health by the incorporation of genetics and genomics into clinical practice.

ACMG has implemented the following procedures to ensure the independence of ACE activities from commercial influence/promotional bias, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requires that providers (ACMG) must be able to demonstrate that: 1) everyone in a position to control the content of an ACE activity has disclosed all financial relationships that they have had in the past 24 months with ineligible* companies; 2) ACMG has implemented a mechanism to mitigate relevant financial relationships; and 3) all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies are disclosed to the learners before the beginning of the educational activity. The learners must also be informed if no relevant financial relationships exist.

*Ineligible companies are defined as those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Financial Support Disclosure Statement: The following course director, program planning committee members, speakers, and staff for this activity, have no financial relationships with ineligible companies relevant to the content of this course.

Shweta Dhar, MD, MS, FACMG

(Course Director)

Baylor College of Medicine

Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center

Nothing to disclose

Content Contributors

Shweta Dhar, MD, MS, FACMG

Medical Director, Adult Genetics Division

Baylor College of Medicine

Chief, Genetics Section

Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center

Dr. Shweta U. Dhar, Associate Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics is the Director of Adult Genetics services at Baylor College of Medicine, Chief of Genetics at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX and VISN16 Lead for Genomic Medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics. After completing her residency in Pathology from the Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute in Ahmedabad, INDIA, she completed a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX and subsequently a residency in Internal medicine from New York. After completing a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, she joined as faculty at Baylor and has been practicing clinical genetics since 2008. In addition to her clinical role, she also serves as the course director for Medical Genetics and Director of the Genetics & Genomics Pathway for the medical students at Baylor. Dr. Dhar is a member and past Chair of the ACMG Adult Genetics Special Interest Group that she led from 2013-2019 as well as a member of the ACMG Education Committee. Dr. Dhar has also been responsible for launching the Adult Genetics Diagnostic Dilemma session in 2016, which has now become a permanent feature of the annual ACMG meeting. Very recently, she has been elected as clinical director on the ACMG Board of Directors.

Peer Review

In December of 2021, this continuing medical education online enduring activity was reviewed by Drs. Shweta Dhar and Fuki Hisama. To ensure the continued scientific relevance of this enduring material, its content will be reviewed again prior to the expiry date.


ACMG educational programs are designed primarily as an educational tool for health care providers who wish to increase their understanding of the application of genomic technologies to patient care. The ACMG does not endorse or recommend the use of this educational program to make patient diagnoses, particular by individuals not trained in medical genetics. Adherence to the information provided in these programs does not necessarily ensure a successful diagnostic outcome. The program should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and or exclusive of other procedures and that are reasonably directed at obtaining the same results. In determining the propriety of any specific procedure or, a healthcare provider should apply his or her own professional judgment to the specific clinical circumstances presented by the individual patient or specimen.

Questions regarding CE credit should be directed to education@acmg.net


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