CME Information and Disclosures

This case-based program addresses skills and knowledge about cancer family history risk assessment and genetic testing. Each individual course addresses a specific skill or topic:

  1. Collecting family history with sufficient detail
  2. Identifying red flags and inheritance patterns that increase risk
  3. Categorizing cancer risk
  4. Using family history to inform management
  5. Pre-test decisions and counseling
  6. Interpreting genetic test results
  7. Genetic testing technology
  8. Breast cancer genetic testing
  9. Colon cancer genetic testing
  10. Ordering genetic testing

Estimated time to complete the educational activity

There are 10 separate web courses that physicians can complete with each course eligible for .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ each. Each course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is recommended that all courses be taken for complete instruction in cancer family history risk assessment and genetic testing. However, it is not required and each component can be taken in any order.

Planners, Writers, and Reviewers

  • Emily Edelman, MS – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Abdullah Elias, MD - Shodair Children's Hospital, Department of Medical Genetics
  • Greg Feero, MD, PhD - Maine General Medical Center; Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program
  • Therese Ingram, MA – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Susan Miesfeldt, MD - Maine Medical Center; Cancer Risk and Prevention Program
  • Kate Reed, MPH, ScM – The Jackson Laboratory
  • Suzanna Schott, ScM – The Jackson Laboratory, consultant
  • Robin Schwartz, MS, CGC – UCONN Health, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • Mary Lou Woodford, RN, MBA – Cancer1Source


Free.  There is no cost for CME to participants.

Overall Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Collect sufficient family history information (Course 1)
  • Analyze a detailed family history (Course 2 & 3)
  • Develop an appropriate evaluation plan based on personal and family history assessment (Course 4)
  • Communicate with families in a patient-centered way about genetic information (Courses 1-4)
  • Communicate the benefits and limitations of genetic testing to patients (Course 5)
  • Evaluate available germline test options for hereditary cancer (Courses 7, 8, and 9)
  • Determine appropriateness of breast and colon cancer genetic testing (Courses 8 & 9)
  • Choose the best genetic test for the patient (Courses 7, 8, and 9)
  • Recognize steps and resources to help in ordering testing (Course 10)
  • Interpret genetic testing results (Course 6)
  • Communicate the meaning of test results to patients (Course 6)

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care providers (physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants) practicing in internal medicine, family practice, and obstetrics/gynecology. 

Statement of Need

Guidelines developed by the US Preventive Services Task Force, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and others have outlined risk assessment, genetic testing, and management strategies for cancer risk. There is a demonstrated need for primary care providers to become more knowledgeable about evaluating patients at hereditary risk for cancer and the established guidelines for identifying and managing patients at risk.

Method of Participation

Registrants participate in the learning process by watching a clinical or genetic testing demonstration (Watch), answering interactive case-based multiple choice questions (Practice), and digging deeper into topics of specific interest (Dig Deeper). Participants may start the program and return at a later date to complete it.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity and post-test and evaluation before CME approval for the program expires (see end date above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™. Non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date. Participants must score 50% or better on the post-test to receive credit.

Combination of Media Used

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, video, interactive questions, and images. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website.

Hardware/Software Requirements



  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory

Mac OS

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
  • 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory

Internet Connection

Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.


Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome, or Opera 11


No plugins are required for general use of the CME website.


This program was funded by the Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory.  


The copyright for this program is held by The Jackson Laboratory. 

Provider contact information

General inquiries & questions

Emily Edelman
The Jackson Laboratory 
(207) 288-6972

CME questions

Amy King
Office of Community & Continuing Medical Education
University of Connecticut Health Center
(860) 679-2904

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