Cancer Genetics: Going Beyond the Guidelines (RP1509G)

Dallas, TX US
September 19, 2015

Sponsored by UT Southwestern Comprehensive Simmons Cancer Center, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education.


This event is a program focused on clinical cancer genetic testing as well as management for individuals with hereditary cancer syndromes. It will review the use of germline and somatic genetic testing both on an individual patient level as well as on a screening basis. It will also highlight both traditional testing and management options as well as state-of-the-art technologies in both areas and the pros, cons, and limitations of these newly available technologies. The program will also consider the ethical perspectives of clinical genetics in the field of cancer. The learner should gain a better understanding of the use of cancer genetics as it is applicable to their scope of practice (e.g. correct use of testing, identification of at-risk patients for referral, surveillance in accordance with current management guidelines).

Target Audience

The symposium is designed for primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and specialists in related fields including internal medicine, surgery, oncology and genetics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this symposium, the participants should be able to link the educational objectives to Core Competencies (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning, Communication, Professionalism, System Based Practice, Inter-Disciplinary Teams and Quality Improvement) and be able to:

  • Increase knowledge of the language and basic concepts of cancer genetics.
  • Review currently available clinical options for germline and tumor cancer genetic testing.
  • Review guidelines and options for management of patients with hereditary breast, gynecologic, and/or colorectal cancer syndromes.
  • Critically analyze available cancer genetics testing options to make an informed and appropriate laboratory and test selection.
  • Discern and consider ethical ramifications of cancer genetic testing.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 AMA
  • 4.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/19/2015 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/19/2015 - 2:00pm CDT
T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building
6001 Forest Park Rd.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX 75235
United States

Course Director:

Theodora Ross, MD, PhD 
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Cancer Genetics Program
UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Linda Robinson, MS, CGC 
Genetic Counselor, Clinical Cancer Genetics
UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center


Accreditation and Designation Statements

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



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  3. In the following "checkout" pages you will verify and process your payment.
  4. After registration is completed, a confirmation will be sent by email.

Available Credit

  • 4.75 AMA
  • 4.75 Attendance


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