accreditation symbolContinuing Education Credits (CMEs and CEUs)

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting is a forum for the education of physicians in the field of genetics. By attending invited sessions, symposia, and plenary and platform presentations, physicians will receive both a broad overview of the field and information about the most recent, detailed research on the topic of the session. By attending any of the activities, physicians will better understand the basic science that underlies clinical practice.

Statement of Need

It is important that physicians comprehend the basic science that underlies clinical medicine. The American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting is the premier venue for this educational opportunity. Physicians learn about the most up-to-date, cutting-edge discoveries regarding genetics.

ASHG 2015 Annual Meeting: Purpose of Meeting

  • Identify and fill gaps in knowledge in human genetics in areas of statistical analysis, full genome sequencing, next generation sequencing, genetic neurodegenerative and other disorders, and epigenetics.
  • Explain the value and use of newest technological methods in full genome sequencing in diagnosis of disorders and family studies.
  • Provide context from discussions on the benefits and harms of returning results of full genome sequencing to patients.
  • Set principles for the provision of results and their interpretation in full genome sequencing and the diagnosis of genetic risks.
  • Accrue guidelines for the successful counseling of patients receiving complex genetic results.
  • Present the newest results of gene therapy trials so clinicians may enroll patients or apply therapies to appropriate patients.
  • Identify and explain the newest non-invasive prenatal diagnostic methods.
  • Integrate results of genomic testing into electronic health records and other methods to store information.
  • Recognize methods to utilize centralized databases in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Global Learning Objectives

All attendees obtaining CME/CEU credits will be able to apply the newly acquired knowledge and use of methods in the evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and follow-up of patients with a variety of disorders. At the completion of the meeting, participants should be able to: (1) recognize gaps in knowledge of facts and new methods in genetics; (2) demonstrate ways that the new information and its context may be applied in their own practices; (3) interpret results of complex genetic tests and recognize instances of most appropriate use; and (4) detail the benefits and potential harms of utilizing the newest genetic technologies.

Target Audience

This meeting is targeted to research scientists, clinical and laboratory practitioners, and others interested in the field of human genetics. The program is varied so that participants may select from several concurrent sessions those that fit their specialized research interests and clinical practice applications.

ASHG Annual Meeting Attendees Include:

  • Scientists/Researchers
  • Laboratory geneticists, directors, technicians, and technologists
  • Educators
  • Medical and clinical geneticists
  • Physicians of all specialties with an interest in genetics, genomics, and the genetic basis of disease
  • Genetic counselors
  • Nurses
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical development professionals
  • Fellows, trainees, and students

Financial Disclosures

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the policy of the American Society of Human Genetics, before their presentations, all faculty, speakers and moderators must disclose the existence of any financial interest and/or other relationship(s) they might have with the manufacturer(s) or provider(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) to be discussed during their presentation: receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected. Disclosures will be included in the on-site Program Guide and in speakers' slide presentations.

Committee Member Conflicts

Invited Session and Platform Author Conflicts

Procedure

CME, CEU, and P.A.C.E.® CEU credits may be reported by each attendee at the conclusion of the meeting via ASHG’s computerized self-reporting system. To apply for credits, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. A separate, nonrefundable fee is required.


Continuing Medical Education Credits (CMEs)

The ASHG 2015 Annual Meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and ASHG.

Accreditation

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. All educational programming is developed and must be presented in compliance with all ACCME accreditation requirements.

Procedures

There is a nonrefundable $45 fee payable during the registration process. You can apply for credits through the online application available beginning Friday, October 9, 2015. The deadline to submit your request is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Attendees may use the mobile application or the Program-at-a-Glance to help track the sessions they attended. Please see the section below for the learning objectives, target audience, disclosure policy, and a list of presenters’ financial disclosures.

MDs and PhDs should apply for CMEs. The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) will accept CMEs for MDs, MD/PhDs, PhDs, or DOs participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in any ABMG specialty.

Credit Designation

This has activity for approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) will accept CMEs and certificate of credits for MDs, MDs/PhDs, PhDs, or DOs participating in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program in any ABMGG specialty.

Content Validation and Fair Balance

  1. ASHG follows the ACCME policy on Content Validation for CME activities, which requires:
    1. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
    2. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME in support or justification of patient care recommendations must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
  2. Activities that fall outside the definition of CME/CE, “Educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession” (source: ACCME and AMA), will not be certified for credit. CME activities that promote recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine or pharmacy that are not within the definition of CME/CE or, are known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or, are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.
  3. Presentations and CME/CE activity materials must give a balanced view of therapeutic options; use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the CME/CE educational materials or content includes trade names, where available, trade names from several companies must be used.

HIPAA Compliance by Speakers

The ASHG supports medical information privacy. While the ASHG is not a “covered entity” under HIPAA 1996 and therefore is not required to meet these standards, ASHG wishes to take reasonable steps to ensure that the presentation of individually identifiable health information at ASHG-sponsored events has been properly authorized. All presenters have completed a form indicating whether they intend to present any form of individually identifiable healthcare information. If so, they were asked either to attest that a HIPAA-compliant consent form is on file at their institution, or to send ASHG a copy of the ASHG HIPAA compliance form. This information is on record at the ASHG Administrative Office and will be made available upon request.

Disclaimer

The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty, authors, and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of ACMG.

Off-Label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the ASHG to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.


Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEUs) for Genetic Counselors

ASHG has been approved for up to 3.17 Category 1 CEU credits (31.75 contact hours) for genetic counselors through the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). NSGC is approved as an authorized provider of continuing education and training by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Procedures

There is a nonrefundable $35 fee payable during the registration process. Registrants MUST apply for credits via the online submission system after the meeting. The submission site will open on Friday, October 9, 2015. The deadline to request credits is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. No submissions will be taken after this deadline. You will need your registration ID to complete the CEU application. Attendees may use the mobile application or the Program-at-a-Glance to help track the sessions they attended.

Genetic counselors and nurses should apply for CEUs. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of certification and recertification.


Continuing Education Unit Credits (CEUs) for California-Licensed Clinical and Molecular Laboratory Directors (P.A.C.E.®)

ASHG has been approved for Continuing Education Units for up to 31.00 units through the Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) program for California-Licensed Clinical and Molecular Laboratory Directors.

Procedures

There is a nonrefundable $35 fee payable during the registration process. You may also pick up your CEU packet in the ASHG Meeting Office, Room 302. Attendees may use the mobile application or the Program-at-a-Glance to help track the sessions they attended. The deadline to submit your request for P.A.C.E.® credits is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. No requests will be taken after this date.


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