Press Release May 18, 2015

New online CME: Preparing patients for cancer genetic testing

Bar Harbor, Maine – A new, online Jackson Laboratory Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is designed for physicians to better prepare patients for cancer genetic testing.

For patients at high risk for having a hereditary cancer syndrome, genetic testing may be appropriate. Pre-Test Decisions & Counseling focuses on the benefits and limitations of testing, and provides the opportunity to practice deciding whether testing is the best choice for a specific patient.

Pre-Test Decisions & Counseling is the first in a series of free, online CME programs on cancer genetic testing that The Jackson Laboratory will offer in 2015. Supported by educational grants from The Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director’s Innovation Fund, the program joins the Laboratory’s growing roster of continuing education programs designed to help health care providers integrate genetics and genomics into clinical care.

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs more than 1,600 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

Contact(s): 

Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058

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Media Relations, Communications Office

The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609-1500
Phone: 207-288-6058 (journalists only)
Main Jackson Laboratory phone: 207-288-6000 
Fax: 207-288-6076
Email: news@jax.org