The Ethical Principles Every Geneticist Needs to Know
Sponsored by the ACMG Social, Ethical, Legal Issues Committee
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Registration ends on November 19, 2024
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Nov 19, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Credit Offered
1 CME (AMA) Credit
1 CME (Other) Credit

The Ethical Principles Every Geneticist Needs to Know
Sponsored by the ACMG Social, Ethical, Legal Issues Committee

Tuesday, November 19, 2024 |
2:00pm-3:00pm ET



This session aims to provide genetics professionals with an understanding of relevant ethical principles and considerations in patient care. An emphasis will be placed on ethical considerations in the clinic and diagnostic laboratory settings as demonstrated through case vignettes. Core ethical principles for discussion will be selected from the following list:  


  1. Privacy and confidentiality
  2. Informed consent and juvenile assent
  3. Beneficence and non- maleficence
  4. Genetic discrimination and stigmatization
  5. Justice and Equitable access to genomic technologies
  6. Autonomy
  7. Conflicts of Interest
  8. Reproductive issues


Target Audience

  • Genetics Healthcare Providers (Medical Geneticists, Laboratory Geneticists, Genetic Counselors, Genetics Nurses)
  • Trainees in Medical Genetics (Fellows, Residents, Medical Students, Graduate Students)



Presentation followed by live Q&A.





Welcome and Introduction


Tanya N. Eble, MS, CGC


Ethical Considerations in Genetic Testing for Critically Ill Minors: Navigating Consent, Assent, and Counseling

Bimal P. Chaudhari will address ethical issues that arise when counseling and obtaining consent for genetic testing in minors with a focus on the use of rapid genome sequencing in acutely and critically ill children.  The “best interest” standard will be introduced, followed by discussion of the difference between informed consent and juvenile assent, the relationship of beneficence and non-maleficence to the best interests standard and finally the ways in which directive but non-coercive genetic counseling may best meet the best interest standard for the care of children.

Bimal P. Chaudhari, MD, MPH, FACMG

Navigating Ethical Boundaries: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Patient Autonomy in Family Healthcare Dynamics

Tanya N. Eble will address issues related to privacy and confidentiality as well as patient autonomy through the exploration of a scenario in which a mother and daughter are seen separately by the same provider.  Protected health information will be defined, followed by a discussion of concepts of duty to warn, protection of patient privacy, and the right not to know. 

Tanya N. Eble, MS, CGC


Ethical Challenges in the Era of Comprehensive Genetic Testing: Managing Unexpected Genetic Results in Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

S. Malia Fullerton will address ethical issues related to the identification of unexpected (secondary, and related) genetic results that may accompany results of comprehensive gene panels or other forms of genome-scale testing, using a case based in testing to inform cancer treatment.  With pre-test genetic counseling increasingly unavailable in many specialist contexts, approaches to ensure adequate informed consent and, where appropriate, to manage follow-up of incidental findings, will be discussed.

Stephanie Malia Fullerton, DPhil



Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify common current ethical concerns that impact clinical genetics.
  • Observe select ethical standards being applied in the context of clinical and laboratory genetics through case studies.
  • Identify resources for expanding knowledge of ethics in the clinical genetics setting.

Tanya N. Eble, MS, CGC (Session Chair)

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine

Bimal P. Chaudhari, MD, MPH, FACMG

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Stephanie Malia Fullerton, DPhil

Professor Department of Bioethics & Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine

Continuing Medical Education (CME AMA & CME Other)



The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The American Medical Association (AMA) defines physicians as those individuals who have obtained an MD, DO, or equivalent medical degree from another country. Non-physicians may request a certificate of attendance for their participation.


Claiming your Educational Credits

Complete the activity and carefully complete the evaluation form. The deadline to claim educational credits is within 30 days of the date of the activity. Educational credit requests after this date will not be accepted.


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