Genetic Testing in Clinical Practice

Critically assess the availability of genetic testing for a particular condition, the quality of testing, the validity for a patient's circumstances, and implications of pursuing or declining such testing.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify applications of genetic testing in clinical practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of common genetic testing laboratory techniques

  • Evaluate benefits, limitations, and risks of genetic tests

  • Utilize clinical validity knowledge to select appropriate genetic testing

  • Locate genetics professionals, services, and laboratories

Professional Practice GapsIn an effort to define what healthcare providers need to know about medical genetics, several organizations developed core competencies (NCHPEG, 2000; ASHG, 2001). However, because clinical genetics is a relatively young and evolving field of medicine, many practitioners received insufficient formal genetics education. As a result, they express a lack of confidence in their clinical genetics knowledge and a lack of confidence in their ability to provide genetic counseling. References
Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics. Medical school core curriculum in genetics. ASHG Website. December 2001. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-06-15.
Core competencies in genetics essential for all health-care professionals. National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics. 2000. Available at: Accessed on: 2004-09-21.