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January 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern
National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center
Building 45, Room E1/E2
Bethesda, Md. 20852

The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee (ISCC) held its fifth in-person meeting on January 14, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. The Co-Chairs, Drs. Bob Wildin and Ann Karty, provided this summary of themes of the meeting:

Theme I: Expanding patient safety and implementing genomic educational activities: ways to provide point-of-care education to health professionals; real-life examples, context, and results from non-geneticist doctors working with patients

  • Michael Murray: "Primary Provider 'Just in Time' Education that Supports Screening Healthy Volunteers with Genomics"
  • Sam Johnson: "Genomics and Patient Safety: Practical Applications for Pharmacogenomics"

Theme II: What has been learned through experience about provider education

  • Dr. Jeff Weitzel: "City of Hope Intensive Course and Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice: Multimodal Professional Development for Community Clinicians"
  • Jeannette McCarthy: "A Practical Approach to Precision Medicine"

Theme III: What's new in provider education

  • Kate Reed and Katie Johansen-Taber: "Collaborating on online genomics education for providers"
  • Steve Singer: "Update on Maintenance of Certification and Continuing Medical Education Developments"
  • New avenues for future exploration: International Genomic Education

All participants came from different perspectives and left the meeting with different take-away messages.

Read more details in the Meeting Minutes

Time Topic Speaker
8:30 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Goals of Meeting Ann Karty
8:35 a.m. Current Status of ISCC Work Products and Plans


Bob Wildin
8:45 a.m. Review Mission/Vision/Strategic Plan of ISCC


Ann Karty
9:00 a.m. A Practical Approach to Precision Medicine


Jeannette McCarthy
9:35 a.m. Genomics and Patient Safety: Practical Applications for Pharmacogenomics


Samuel Johnson
10:10 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Update on Maintenance of Certification and Continuing Medical Education Developments Steve Singer
10:45 a.m. Primary Provider "Just in Time" Education that Supports Screening Healthy Volunteers with Genomics


Michael Murray
11:20 a.m. The Patient's Voice


David Dubin
11:45 a.m. Lunch/Break
12:45 p.m. Case Studies


Reed Pyeritz
Wendy Rubinstein
12:55 p.m. Educational Products


Development of competency-based genomic education resource for physicians

Kristin Weitzel
Donna Messersmith
1:05 p.m.

Innovative Approaches to Education *


Exercise 1: Single Gene Testing

Exercise 2: Use of Multigene Assays

Exercise 3: Whole-Genome Sequencing

Exercise 4: Polygenic Disease Testing and Pharmacogenomics 

Rich Haspel
Teri Manolio
* NOTE: Rich Haspel and Teri Manolio of the Innovative Approaches Working Group (IAWG) have asked all in-person and remote attendees to look over the four universal training modules prior to the meeting. This will help everyone in understanding the presentation and the potential for adapting to their organization's specialty.
1:15 p.m. Insurer Staff Education

Webinars for Health Insurers and Payers: Understanding Genetic Testing

Suzanne Belinson
Bob Wildin
1:25 p.m. Speaking Genetics


Suzanne Belinson
Carla Easter
1:35 p.m. Break
1:50 p.m. City of Hope Intensive Course and Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice: Multimodal Professional Development for Community Clinicians


Jeffrey Weitzel
2:25 p.m. Collaborating on online genomics education for providers (JAX/AMA/Scripps)


Kate Reed (JAX)
Katie Johansen Taber (AMA)
Interactive Discussion Groups (45 minutes)
2:45 p.m.

Role for International Organizations


NIH Facilitator for WebEx: Rebecca Hong

Genomics Education Funding Ideas

NIH Facilitator for WebEx: Faye Brown

Collaborating on Genomics Education Projects

NIH Facilitator for WebEx: Elizabeth Tuck

Wild Card

NIH Facilitator for WebEx: Rosann Wise
3:30 p.m. Report Back from Interactive Discussion Groups (~ 5 minutes each Discussion Group)
3:55 p.m. Discussion of Next Steps for ISCC Bob Wildin
Ann Karty
4:15 p.m. Wrap-Up, Around the Table Ann Karty
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Additional Meeting Materials

  • Blazer KR, MacDonald DJ, Ricker C, Sand S, Uman GC and Weitzel JN. Outcomes from intensive training in genetic cancer risk counseling for clinicians. Genetics in Medicine, 7(1):40-7. 2005. [PubMed]
  • Blazer KR, MacDonald DJ, Culver JO, Huizenga CR, Morgan RJ, Uman GC and Weitzel JN. Personalized cancer genetics training for personalized medicine: improving community-based health care through a genetically literate workforce. Genetics in Medicine, 13(9):832-840. 2011. [PubMed Central].
  • Green RC, Berg JS, Grody WW, Kalia SS, Korf BR, Martin CL et al. ACMG Recommendations for Reporting of Incidental Findings in Clinical Exome and Genome Sequencing. Genetics in Medicine, 15(7):565-74. 2013. [PubMed Central]
  • Manolio TA, Murry MF. The growing role of professional societies in educating clinicians in genomics. Genetics in Medicine, 16(8):517-572. 2014. [PubMed]
  • Blazer KR, Nehoray B, Solomon I, Niell-Swiller M, Culver JO, Uman GC and Weitzel JN. Next-generation testing for cancer risk: perceptions, experiences, and needs among early adopters in community healthcare settings. Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, 19(12), 657-665. 2015. [PubMed]

Meeting Attendees


Kathleen R. Blazer, Ed.D., M.S., L.C.G.C., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Faye Brown, NHGRI
Nicholette Conway, GenomePlus Australia
Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., American Society of Human Genetics
David Dubin, AliveAndKickn
Carla Easter, Ph.D., NHGRI
Emily Edelman, M.S., C.G.C., The Jackson Laboratory
David Flannery, M.D., American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Bettie Graham, Ph.D., NHGRI
Emily L. Harris, Ph.D., M.P.H., NIDCR, NIH
ich Haspel, M.D., Ph.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Katie Johansen Taber, Ph.D., American Medical Association
Samuel Johnson, Phar. M.D., American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Norman Kahn, M.D., C.M.S.S
Ann Karty, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., American Academy of Family Physicians
Mel Limson, Ph.D., Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
Tina Lockwood, Ph.D., A.A.C.C.
Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D., NHGRI
Jeanette McCarthy, M.P.H., Ph.D., Genome Magazine
Donna Messersmith, Ph.D., NHGRI
Michael Murray, M.D., Geisinger Health System
Kiran Musunuru, M.D., American Heart Association
Melissa Parisi, M.D., Ph.D., NICHD/NIH
Bruce Pihlstrom, D.D.S.
Kate Reed, M.P.H., Sc.M., The Jackson Laboratory
Wendy Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., NIH/NLM/NCBI
Joan Scott, M.S., C.G.C., HRSA
Steve Singer, Ph.D., A.C.C.M.E.
Tim Stout, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., A.A.O.
Laura J. Tafe, M.D., Association for Molecular Pathology
Beth Tuck, NHGRI
Veeral Shah, M.D., A.A.O.
Jeffrey Weitzel, M.D., City of Hope National Medical Center
Kristin Weitzel, Phar. M.D., F.A.Ph.A.
Bob Wildin, M.D., NHGRI
Rosann Wise, NHGRI

Remote Attendees

April Ada, M.S.
Anjene Addington
Kim Barr
Suzanne Belinson
Miriam (Mimi) Blitzer, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Vence Bonham
Kathleen Calzone
June Carroll, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emily Chen, AAP/COG
Amy Cronister, National Society of Genetic Counselors
Robin Dubin
Lisa Dunay, American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Ridgely Fisk Green, Carter Consulting and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Genomics
Tina Gatlin
Greg Feero
Sarah Harding, C.M.S.
Carol Horowitz
Heather Junkins, NHGRI
Cheryl Kassed
Katherine Kolor
Evelyn Lucas-Perry, American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Francis McMahon
Karen Novak, American Dental Education Association
John Nurnberger
Reed Pyeritz, American College of Medical Genetics
Mary V. Relling, NHGRI Genomic Medicine WG
Anneke Seller, Health Education England
Temese Szalai, Madarka/NHGRI
Santa J. Tumminia, National Eye Institute

Last updated: March 16, 2016