2020 Wisconsin Genetics Exchange

September 25, 2020

Program Description

The Wisconsin Genetics Exchange is an annual statewide educational conference primarily intended for genetics and allied healthcare professionals. The purpose of the Wisconsin Genetics Exchange is to provide participants with an opportunity for statewide collaboration and continued professional development. Sharing of knowledge and practices is an important way of increasing the competency of practitioners in Wisconsin.


0.5 NSGC Category 1 CEU
5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
5.25 ANCC Contact Hours


$26 for those claiming credit ($25 plus $1 credit card processing fee)
$0 for those not claiming credit

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, fellows/residents, physician assistants, nurses, genetic counselors, geneticists, lab technicians, and other allied health care professionals.

Elements of Competence

This CE activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties' areas of medical knowledge, patient care and procedural skills, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

This activity also focuses on the interprofessional competencies of values/ethics and roles/responsibilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and tools to their professional practice
  • Identify how evolving technology and health systems issues impact clinical genetics
  • Discuss advances in genomic medicine and related policy that impact individual lives, professional practice and societal inequities

Financial Support

Funding for this conference is provided by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Title V Services Block Grant, Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Service Administration, and US Department of Health and Human Services.
Additional support is provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.25 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 5.25 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/25/2020 - 9:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/25/2020 - 3:30pm CDT


9:25 AM

Conference Opens

9:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Sharon Fleischfresser, MD, MPH

9:45 AM

Financial Challenges in Genetic Testing: Can They Be Conquered?
Michael Astion, MD, PhD

10:45 AM

UW Medical Genetics Experience in Advocating for Increasing Genetic Testing Access for Patients
April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC & Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD

11:15 AM

Does Supply Equal Demand? The Workforce of Direct Patient Care Genetic Counselors in Wisconsin
Carlee Dawson, BS & Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

11:45 AM


12:00 PM

The Human Genome as the Common Heritage of Mankind: Implications for Medical Genomics
Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

1:00 PM


1:15 PM

Research to Elucidate Pathophysiology and Therapies for Genetic Conditions
Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD

1:55 PM

Watching Science Evolve from the Front Row: Patients' Diverse Experiences with Cancer Risk and Genomics
Rachel Grob, PhD, MA

2:35 PM

Genetic Screening: Historical and Current Ethical Perspectives
Norman Fost, MD, MPH

3:15 PM

Reflections and Interactive Discussion
Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

ONLINE CONFERENCE (Central Daylight Time)

Access to the conference webinar will be sent to you prior to the conference, and will also be available trough the conference course page

Planning Committee

April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC

Anne Harris, PhD, MPH

Jackie McHugh, MS

Wanda Meeteer, APNP

Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

Sara Zoran, MS, CGC


Michael Astion, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Department of Laboratories at Seattle Children's Hospital
Clinical Professor of Laboratory at the University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carlee Dawson, BS

Genetic Counselor Assistant
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Sharon Fleischfresser, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Madison, WI


Norman Fost, MD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor
Associate Director, Genetic Counseling
Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center (GSPMC)
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Rachel Grob, PhD, MA

Associate Clinical Professor
Director, National Initiatives
UW Law School, Center for Patient Partnerships
University of Wisconsin-Madison

April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC

Research Genetic Counselor
UW-Madison Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, UW-Madison Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Biochemical Geneticist
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discloser List CME Internal Report



In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 ANCC contact hours.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. Iowa Board of Nursing accepts ANCC contact hours for nursing continuing education requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.525 continuing education units (CEUs) or 5.25 hours.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) CEU Credit

The NSGC has authorized Genetic Systems Integration Hub and Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine to offer up to 0.5 CEUs or 5 Category 1 contact hours for the activity 2020 Wisconsin Genetics Exchange. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.

Available Credit

  • 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 5.25 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 5.25 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Please login or register to take this course.

Price includes $25 conference fee and $1 credit card processing fee

Registration deadline: 9/11/2020  

After completing the checkout process, you will receive an enrollment confirmation message, with a link and instructions to complete additional required 2020 Genetics Exchange registration questions. You are required to complete these questions by September 11, 2020.


The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements. The University of Wisconsin fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please contact Sara Zoran at zoran@wisc.edu.

For Further Information

Requests for further information should be directed to Sara Zoran at zoran@wisc.edu or 608-262-0182.

Required Hardware/software

Computer, tablet, or smartphone with audio sharing capabilities.