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ETHICS:Don't Get Caught with Your Genes Down: Ethical Issues in the Personal Genome Era

April 20, 2011
The Henry Hood Center for Health Research
Danville, PA



Intended Audience

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, allied healthcare professionals, community members and anyone else interested in ethical implications of genetics.


At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • discuss adaptations of the informed consent process in light of new concerns raised by genomic medicine
  • describe the types of unexpected test results that may occur with whole genome microarray genetic testing in a clinical setting
  • utilize the example of unexpected results to prepare for test results from whole genome or exome DNA sequencing
  • explain public perceptions about the return of individual research results and the implications for future research projects
  • examine reasons why one would use genetic testing in clinical practice


Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by the Geisinger Health System are expected to disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).


Guest Faculty
Joan Scott MS, CGC
Executive Director
Nat'l Coalition for Hlth Prof Ed in Genetics
Washington, DC
Thomas Shannon PhD
Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Ethics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
Richard Sharp PhD
Director of Bioethics Research
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Geisinger Health System Faculty

Joel Berberich MD, PhD
Member, Bioethics Review and Advisory Committee
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
Albert Bernath MD
Co-Director of Cancer Services
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
Charlotte (Molly) Boni MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
William (Andy) Faucett MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor and Director Policy & Education
Genomic Medicine Institute
Danville, PA
David Ledbetter Ph.D., FACMG
EVP, Chief Scientific Officer
Henry Hood Center for Health Research
Danville, PA
Laura Rogers MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
Bonnie Anne Salbert DO
Clinical Geneticist - Pediatrics
Janet Weis Childrens Hospital
Danville, PA
Bethanny Smith Packard MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA
Beverly Tenenholz MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, PA


Geisinger Health System is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Geisinger Health System is a provider of continuing education in nursing approved by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

Geisinger Health System is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing medical education for Psychologists. Geisinger Health System maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course has been approved for 5.5 hours of credit.

This program will provide 5.5 Geisinger contact hours.

Registration Fee

$75 - All

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given for any cancellation received up to one week prior to the course. Less than one week, a $35 fee will be assessed. No refunds for no shows.

More Information

For more information, please call the Center for Continuing Professional Development at 1-800-272-6692 or 271-6692. Office hours are 7:00 am - 5:00 pm daily. A 24-hour answering service is also available for your use.

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