Patient-Centered Prenatal Genetic Counseling

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jan 2, 2020
  • Expires: Jan 1, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    ( Ratings)




Needs Statement

All health care providers (and students who will become providers) bring personal experience into the exam room. These experiences can sometimes make it difficult to apply patient-centered genetic counseling techniques in prenatal clinics. Even though there is a , there is no instrument to determine the specific relationship between personal experiences and the genetic counseling recommendations by current providers. There is currently also a lack of training/curriculum offered to students (future health care professionals). This program aims to provide participants with the tools needed to follow best practices in patient-centered counseling.



Target Audience

The target audience is physicians, genetic counselors, other health care providers, faculty and students who are interested in counseling prenatal clinical genetic disorders. Health care providers need not specialize in genetics to benefit from this program.


After completing this online activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify personal implicit biases towards individuals with physical and/or intellectual disability.
  2. Illustrate principles of patient-centered counseling.
  3. Apply patient-centered counseling approaches to cases involving patients with disabilities in order to promote patient-centered care.



Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Genetic Counselor CEUs: 

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has authorized National Human Genome Research Institute’s Inter Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC)  to offer up to 0.1 CEUs or 1 Category 1 contact hours for the activity Patient Centered Prenatal Genetic Counseling. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) will accept CEUs earned at this program for the purposes of genetic counselor certification and recertification.

Faculty Disclosure

Faculty Disclosures

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals, and their spouses/partners, involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activities to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve all conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.

List of faculty and planners

Shoumita Dasgupta, Ph.D
Course Director
Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Genetics
Boston University School of Medicine
Blair Stevens, MS, CGC
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Texas, McGovern Medical School
Emma Vaimberg, BS
Course assistant, reviewer, planning committee
Boston University School of Medicine
Eric Ford, PhD
Course assistant, reviewer, planning committee
Software developer
Story Street Consulting

Planning Committee members: Julie White, MS, CHCP, Jody Walker, MS, and Emma Vaimberg, BS, ofBoston University School of Medicine have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

All faculty and planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

All faculty do not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product.


In collaboration with Biomedical Genetics Section, Boston Medical Center.