Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: From Identifying Patients at Risk to Navigating Patients to Management (EM1908A)

This course is a one hour video-based education opportunity to educate physicians on how to identify individuals at risk for more common and rarer hereditary cancer syndromes, how patients should be managed as there have been recent changes to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for many specific genes, and the impact of a genetic patient navigator on high-risk patient care. the practice standard used will be NCCN guidelines, but as guidelines are changing rapidly, this event would provide a succinct review to keep learners abreast of new information. A hereditary cancer predisposition affects 10% of the population, and so early identification and patient follow-through on management is necessary to prevent cancer in these individuals and their families. Physician knowledge and competency will be evaluated with a pre- and post-test assessment. 


Method of Participation

This continuing medical education enduring material is in a video format. References are linked to online resources.

To receive a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ you should:

  • View the video in this enduring material.
  • Complete the posttest (A passing score of 80% is required).
  • Complete and submit the CME evaluation form.
  • The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 0.75 hour(s).

Hardware/software requirements: Activities should be run with recent versions of common browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

If you have questions about the participation process, please e-mail the UT Southwestern Medical Center,

Target Audience

This program is designed for physicians and other healthcare workers in Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology (Medical), Surgery - Colon and Rectal, and Surgery - Oncology

Learning Objectives

  • Integrate targeted family history questions into their practice
  • Increase referrals for genetic counseling/testing or increase their own genetic testing in office
  • Identify recent changes in management recommendations
  • Review new genes that now have management guidelines
  • Distinguish differences in management based on the particular gene causing risk for patients
  • Integrate use of a genetic patient navigator (GPN) as a resource to increase compliance
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Theodora Ross, MD, PhD
Course Director, Speaker
Professor, Internal Medicine, Cancer Biology
Director of Cancer Genetics
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Disclosures: Counsyl, Inc. - Board Member/Formal Advisor

Rachel Wooldridge, MD
Assistant Professor, Breast Surgery
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Disclosures: None

Kevin Courtney, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Genitourinary Oncology
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Disclosures: Sanofi, Janssen - Formal Advisor; Astellas Pharma US, Inc. - Research Activities

Nisa Kubiliun, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases
UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Disclosures: None

Sayoni Lahiri, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at Moncrief Cancer Institute

  • Disclosures: None

Kenneth Yang, MD
Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas

  • Disclosures: None

Kathy Pratt, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN
Genetic Nurse Navigator
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Disclosures: None

Jay Lohrey, MD
Content Peer Reviewer
Medical Director, Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine

Caitlin Mauer
Planning Committee Member

  • Disclosures: None

Sara Pirzadeh-Miller
Planning Committee Member

  • Disclosures: None

Amber Gemmell
Planning Committee Member

  • Disclosures: None

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

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA
  • 0.75 Attendance


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  1. Create an account in EthosCE, online learning management system, by selecting the "create an account" link or "login" to your existing account.
  2. Return to this course page and select the "Take Course" button.
  3. Registration will be completed.

Required Hardware/software

Activities will run on desktop or mobile device using the most recent version of common browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, or Google Chrome.