Ethics and Genetics: The Ethics of DTC Genetic Testing

Ethics and Genetics: The Ethics of DTC Genetic Testing

Description

What a time to be alive! In the past decade, there has been an explosion of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing market. Companies like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Gene by Gene, and Illumina are amassing significant popularity and awareness to the everyday person! What was once thousands of dollars and out of reach for the majority of people is now on average $100 or less.  Available at big-box retail stores, as well as online, these genetic tests are just a cheek swab or test tube of spit away from a plethora of information about YOU!

While the information is certainly exciting and the health reports can be empowering, what about those unexpected findings that raise your eyebrows and your ethical dilemma flag? The ethical considerations range from surprise half-siblings, unexpected disease carrier information, finding criminals, compromised confidentiality, and many others.  This course will examine the ethics of these popular direct-to-consumer genetic tests with the goal of helping you build an ethical framework around them.

Learning Objectives

  • Define direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • Identify the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • Identify ethical arguments both for and against direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • Develop ways to help patients navigate both anticipated and unexpected results
  • Understand how direct-to-consumer genetic tests are regulated
  • Understand when to implement the ethical principle of duty-to-warn

Course Content

  • Ethics and Genetics: The Ethics of DTC Genetic Testing 2h 15min

Instructor

My name is Beth Cleavenger and I am a 2012 University of Montana Pharmacy School graduate. I was born and raised in Montana and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2012 to start my pharmacy career. It was this move would change my life, my health, and the direction of my career forever. In pharmacy school my classmates and I were taught to believe the lie that alternatives to conventional medicine were simply unnecessary and unreliable. We were led to believe that the only medicine and treatments patients could trust were rooted in clinical guidelines and FDA approved drugs. Ironically, after battling a “mysterious” chronic illness for four years it was naturopathic medicine that saved my life.

I was halfway through pharmacy school when my health began to dramatically decline and I wholeheartedly embraced the medical wisdom I thought I had gained. Over the course of three years I went to 7 physicians and 3 specialists only to be dismissed as “normal”. I was hopeless, desperate, and on the verge of needing a medical leave of absence from my job. Realizing I had nothing else to lose, I made an appointment to see a naturopathic physician.

At just 27 years old I was battling a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome, stage III adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and a number of food intolerances. Little by little I have regained my health back with the help of natural supplements, a real-food diet, and even the anti-viral drug, valacyclovir, for my high Epstein-Barr viral load.

This journey has taught me more than the value and effectiveness of natural and alternative medicine. It has made me not only a more compassionate pharmacist, but a better one. This experience drives me to educate patients, colleagues, and friends on the benefit of integrating both natural and conventional medicine to improve quality of life.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    1.125 CEUs total (up to 1.125 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours Category G - Ethics & Cultural Safety) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2.25 credits total (up to 2.25 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    2.25 CEUs total (up to 2.25 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours General, up to 2.25 hours Ethics) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    1.125 CPDs total (up to 1.125 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    2.25 CMEs total (up to 2.25 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    2.25 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2.25 credits total (up to 2.25 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    2.25 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    2.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    2.25 CEUs total (up to 2.25 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    2.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    2.25 CEs total (up to 2.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    2.25 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    2.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    2.25 contact hours total (up to 2.25 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    2.25 credits total (up to 2.25 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    2.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    2.25 CEs total (up to 2.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    2.25 hours total (up to 2.25 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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