CGAPP Conference

CGAPP Conference

Clinical Genetics Advanced Practice Provider Conference

The Clinical Genetics Advanced Practice Provider Conference (CGAPP) hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin will prepare and advance the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in the field of Genomics and Precision Medicine to equip them to be independent leaders in the delivery of precison health.

CGAPP Information



This conference is specifically designed for the advanced practice provider (APP) working in a clinical genetics setting.

While genetics and precision medicine is applicable to every sub-specialty, CGAPP focuses on the APP who provides care for genetic or metabolic patients on a regular basis. We recognize there are other APPs who may order genetic testing or want to know more about basic genetics and we hope to provide that demographic with more resources in the future. However, for now, our focus is to provide educational and networking resources for the APPs currently working alongside Geneticists across the country.

As you are aware, Geneticists are in great demand across the country. In 2018 only 28% (11 of 40) of Medical Genetics Fellowship programs were filled. In addition, of the 56 genetics positions available, only 23 were filled (41%) [NRMP data]. The gap between supply and demand is only widening. The Medical College of Wisconsin filled our need for Geneticists in 2014 by utilizing the advanced practice provider's (APP) clinical expertise and integrated them into Genetics. However, Genetics training is not embedded into standard graduate nursing programs. Currently, nothing exists to train the novice Genetics APP and provide continuing education that is relevant to them [PMID: 24176964] [PMID: 28252482].



ACCME Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nurse Practitioner
Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc. is approved as a provider of nurse practitioner continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP Provider Number 150930. This program has been approved for up to 16.0 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 2.0 hours of pharmacology). Nurse Practitioners should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.


To offer the most impactful learning environment with discussions and networking, the number of participants will be limited to 35.

Cost to attend is $350

Registration is now closed! If you'd like to be added to the wait list, please contact

Registration cancellation deadline: August 2, 2019 by 4:30 pm CST

Cancellations must be submitted in writing via email. All cancellations are subject to a nonrefundable processing fee of 10% of all registration fees paid and must be received by 4:30 pm Central Time on Friday August 2, 2019 to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellation notices should be sent to Allow 4-6 weeks processing time. We are unable to change names or substitute one individual for another currently registered. Scientific meeting registrations CANNOT be transferred to another person. No exceptions. If you have any questions, please contact



This two and a half day conference will be held September 25-27, 2019.

A portion of the schedule will cover fundamentals in basic genetic topics including genetic testing, metabolism, LSDs/MPS disorders, and hereditary connective tissue diseases.

These 101 sessions are targeted towards the APPs who are newer to genetics and to those not already working in these subspecialty areas. The majority of the sessions will be at an advanced level covering relevant topics in genetics including the future of genomic sequencing, pharmacogenomics, genodermatoses, and more. There will also be plenty of time to network with other APPs from around the country and to hear how APPs are being utilized in their clinical departments.

Conference Location

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel.

A block of rooms have been reserved for $179/night (plus taxes and fees).

The Journeyman is a boutique hotel located in the historic Third Ward. Just south of downtown Milwaukee, the Third Ward is known for locally owned restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries, and boutiques all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Public Market.

Keynote Speaker


Bret Bostwick, MD, FACMG, FAAP

Assistant Professor and Chief of Pediatric Genetics - TCH Woodlands; Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

Bret Bostwick is a physician who helps sick children find treatments for rare diseases. He believes that it is the sickest children who have the most to teach us about the way biology works, and sometimes, does not work. Bret is a board-certified medical geneticist and pediatrician who has recently stepped away from the bedside to pursue the interface between machine learning and RNA therapeutics. He aspires to develop treatments for previously untreatable diseases.

Additional speakers include:

Donald Basel, MD, FACMG

Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin; Chief of the Division of Genetics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Gunter Scharer, MD

Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at Right Patient Right Drug Diagnostics Laboratory

Matthew M. Harmelink, MD

Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin; Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Gabrielle C. Geddes, MD

Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin; Faculty in the Genetics Division at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Gregory Rice, MD

Faculty at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Biochemical Geneticist at Waisman Center with UW Health

Amy White, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Biochemical Genetics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic

Angela Pickart, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic

Sarah Viall, PPCNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Newborn Screening Program Director in the Rare Disease Institute at Children's National in Washington, DC

Lauren Hitchins, DNP, CPNP, AGN-BC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Newborn Screening Program Director in the Division of Genetics and Birth Defects and Metabolism at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Dawn Siegel, MD

Associate Professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Faculty in the Dermatology Division at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Ken Grizzle, PhD

Associate Professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin, specializing in adolescent and child psychiatry

Amanda Bawcom, MSN, RN, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Genetics and Inherited Metabolic Disease at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Suzanne Ducett, BSN, RN

Nurse Clinician in the Division of Genetics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Thank you to our sponsors!

This program is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and BioMarin

Additional Information

For more information please contact:

Stephanie Offord, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC
Deanna Alvarez

Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
310 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Kimpton Journeyman Hotel Google map location