Continuing 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, the 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.
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:
- Laboratory geneticists, directors, technicians, and technologists
- Medical and clinical geneticists
- Physicians of all specialties with an interest in genetics, genomics, and the genetic basis of disease
- Genetic counselors
- Biotechnology and pharmaceutical development professionals
- Fellows, trainees, and students
ASHG Conflict of Interest Policy
As a joint-provider with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Society of Human Genetics must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually provided or jointly provided educational activities. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity, and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All scientific research used to support patient care recommendations must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, everyone (speakers, moderators, oral abstract presenters, all authors, committee members, and staff) who are in a position to control the content of an educational activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ must disclose all financial relationships with any commercial interests within the past 12 months. Individuals who do not disclose are disqualified from participating in a CME activity. Should the speaker’s presentation include discussion of any off-labeled/investigational use of a commercial product, he/she is also required to disclose this to the activity participants.
Conflict of interest is created when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest. The potential for maintaining or increasing the value of the financial relationship with the commercial interest creates an incentive to influence the content of the CME—an incentive to insert commercial bias. This may include 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 and clinical trials), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected.
A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.
Relevant financial relationships as defined by the ACCME requires anyone in control of CME content to disclose relevant financial relationships to the accredited provider. Individuals must also include in their disclosure the relevant financial relationships of a spouse or partner. The ACCME defines relevant financial relationships as financial relationships in any amount that create a conflict of interest and that occurred in the twelve-month period preceding the time that the individual was asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. The ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount—any amount, regardless of how small, creates the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria for promotional speakers’ bureau, 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 from which remuneration is received, or expected.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and American Society of Human Genetics. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ASHG will apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). 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.
There is a nonrefundable $45 fee payable during the registration process. You can apply for credits through the online application available beginning Friday, October 19, 2018. The deadline to submit your request is Friday, November 30, 2018. Attendees may use the mobile application or the Program-at-a-Glance to help track the sessions they attended.
Content Validation and Fair Balance
- ASHG follows the ACCME policy on Content Validation for CME activities, which requires:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the policy of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), speakers and moderators presenting in sessions that offer CME and CEU credit must disclose, prior to the start of their presentations, the existence of any relevant 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), including diagnostic laboratories to be discussed during their presentation. These disclosures are included in the Disclosure section of this program guide.
Speakers with disclosures are required to provide a slide that states any relevant financial relationships (or lack thereof), and to state these to the audience at the start of their presentation. All disclosures have been peer reviewed by the ASHG Program subcommittee.
Diagnostic and Testing Labs and Commerical Interest
ASHG CME activities adhere to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. The ACCME has defined under its conflict of interest definition the types of industry interests that must be excluded from CME content delivery. This largely applies to manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and devices. Diagnostic laboratories, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, that are not owned by device manufacturers are exempted from this CME requirement. However, they are still expected to be fair and balanced in their presentations
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.
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 ASHG.
ASHG will apply for Category 1 CEU credits 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).
There is a nonrefundable $35 fee payable during the registration process. You can apply for credits through the online application available beginning Friday, October 19, 2018. The deadline to submit your request is Friday, November 30, 2018. 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 will apply for Continuing Education Units through the Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) program for California-Licensed Clinical and Molecular Laboratory Directors.
There is a nonrefundable $35 fee payable during the registration process. You will need to pick up your CEU packet in the ASHG Meeting Office.You can apply for credits through the online application available beginning Friday, October 19, 2018. The deadline to submit your request is Friday, November 30, 2018. 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.
Clinical Laboratory Scientists should apply for P.A.C.E. CEUs. ABMGG will accept P.A.C.E. CEUs for diplomats participating in the MOC program in the following categories: Clinical Biochemical Geneticist, Clinical Cytogeneticist, and Clinical Molecular Geneticist.