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 precision health.
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].
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15.75 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
To offer the most impactful learning environment with discussions and networking, the number of participants will be limited to 44.
Last year registration filled in under three weeks.
If you want to secure a spot before registration opens, get your abstract accepted for poster presentation. Click on the “abstract” section to see how to submit your abstract.
Cost to attend is $350
Registration will open on Monday May 4, 2020 at 12:00 CST
Registration cancellation deadline: August 3, 2020 5:00pm 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 TBD to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellation notices should be sent to CGAPP@mcw.edu. 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 CGAPP@mcw.edu.
This two-and-a-half-day conference will be held September 30 - October 2, 2020.
The schedule will include many new topics and lectures that were not discussed last year. A small portion of the schedule will cover fundamentals in basic genetic topics including genetic testing, metabolism, LSDs/MPS disorders, skeletal dysplasias, and dysmorphology. Even though some of this was presented in 2019, we are working hard at changing the focus as to not be repeating the same information.
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, movement disorders, direct to consumer testing 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.
A tentative, detailed schedule will be available on the registration page.
Abstracts must be received by 12:00 AM EST on Monday, March 30, 2020. The abstract cannot be edited once submitted. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The abstract is for a poster presentation only.
Abstracts may be submitted by email to CGAPP@mcw.edu (please have “CGAPP Abstract 2020” in the subject line).
Submitters will be notified via email regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts on Monday, April 20, 2020. The decision of the CGAPP Planning Committee regarding abstracts is final. Details of the poster presentation and dimensions will be sent out in the acceptance email.
All accepted submissions will receive early access to registration for the CGAPP conference.
Abstracts may be submitted if:
- It is original and/or unpublished work
- It has been accepted for publication but has not been published
Responsibility of the Abstract Submitter:
- The submitter will be responsible for all correspondence regarding the abstract.
- The submitter must be one of the co-authors listed on the submitted abstract.
If a submitter wishes to withdraw their abstract, a written request for withdrawal must be submitted to CGAPP@mcw.edu.
CGAPP reserves the right to withdraw an abstract if the author or abstract are in violation of MCW’s policies or guidelines.
Abstracts may be structured (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, etc.) or unstructured.
Abstract Requirements (Times New Roman):
- TITLE – all caps and bold, less than 20 words, size 14 font
- Author(s) – underlined, size 12 font
- Organizations – italics, size 12 font
- Body – less than 500 words, size 12 font
ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDERS IN GENETICS
John Doe, PA-C and Jane Smith, NP-C
National Institute of Health
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.
CGAPP 2019 Round-Up
Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) working in clinical genetics across the country came together at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee from Sept. 25-27 for the inaugural Clinical Genetics Advanced Practice Provider Conference (CGAPP). The conference was developed by MCW.
Stephanie Offord, APNP, who has served at MCW in clinical genetics in the Department of Pediatrics for 12 years, was instrumental in every aspect of launching the conference.
“Nothing like this exists,” Offord said, “Our work as APPs in clinical genetics is so specialized, but we also do not have the training that the geneticists we work with have, so a conference was needed to fill the gap.”
Once announced, the conference quickly reached its capacity of 36 and a waiting list grew to eight. The event was funded by two educational grants and provided CME credits to attendees.
“Half of the attendees have only been in clinical genetics for six years or less,” said Offord. “More APPs are going into clinical genetics each year, so this is needed.”
The attendees – from 19 states and Washington D.C. – benefitted from the learning sessions as well as networking with others who do similar work. “This was a great way for us to connect, learn from each other, train and hear about new technologies and treatments,” Offord said.
Offord credits Donald Basel, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric genetics, as championing CGAPP and the importance of APPs in clinical genetics. “Dr. Basel is very passionate and supportive,” said Offord. “He understands the value of an APPs in clinical genetics and has instilled this in the clinic.”
Planning for CGAPP 2020 is already underway. “Even before the end of the conference, people were coming up and asking about the next event,” said Deanna Alvarez, Sr. administrative assistant, who served a critical role in planning and executing the event.
“We are really proud of what we put together and happy with the outcome,” said Offord. “We are excited to see where this is going to go.”
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:
Speakers will be added here as they are confirmed.
Thank you to our sponsors!
This program is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and BioMarin
For more information please contact:
Stephanie Offord, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC
310 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202