Genetics Series

This series examines how genetics can and should fit in daily PA practice, practical cases in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, the field of medical genetics highlighting the benefit from genetics evaluation, and  updates in pharmacogenetic prescribing.


How Genetics Can and Should Fit Into Your Practice: A Non-Genetics PA's Perspective | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Analyze 3-generation pedigrees and learn how to obtain them
  • Identify resources which can assist PAs with obtaining a targeted family history for possible genetic causes of disease
  • Describe patient motivations and concerns regarding genetic/genomic testing
  • Review common presentations in primary care/specialty offices of disorders with genetic underpinnings
Practical Cases in Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing | 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the current direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic/genomic testing (GT) landscape
  • Assess DTC GT disease risk results in a patient scenario
  • Apply DTC GT carrier results in a patient scenario
  • Evaluate DTC GT pharmacogenomic results in a patient scenario
The Genetics Evaluation: Who to Refer and What to Expect | 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize patients who may benefit from a genetics evaluation
  • Discuss the overall process of a genetics evaluation
  • Identify web-based resources for locating a genetics provider
  • Identify web-based genetics resources to enrich one's knowledge and understanding of genetic disorders
Updates in Pharmacogenetic Prescribing | 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
Learning Objectives
  • Explain how genetics plays a role in drug metabolism/response
  • Interpret clinical differences between metabolic phenotypes and activity scores
  • Utilize prescribing recommendations to optimize choice of medications that have clinical correlations to genomic variations

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