Clinical Genetics Advanced Practice Provider Conference (CGAPP) 2019

Milwaukee, WI US
September 25, 2019 to September 27, 2019

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. MCW filled our need by utilizing the Nurse Practitioner’s (NP) 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 advance practice provider (APP) and provide continuing education that is relevant to the APP.

The biggest barrier to change in practice is the lack of existing education there is for the nurse practitioner working in clinical genetics. This conference would provide the APP with relevant education for their practice. Many genetics APPs work autonomously with minimal physician oversight as these Geneticists are often involved in research or may be working part time. Many APPs feel a barrier to additional Genetics support and networking with other APPs. One of the goals of the Clinical Genetics Advance Practice Provider Conference, is to provide a panel discussion of APPs from across the country and to also offer networking opportunities for further collaboration and dialogue.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for advance practice providers currently working in clinical genetics.

Learning Objectives

  1. After hearing the 101-lecture series, the NP will know the basic pathophysiology and medical management of connective tissue disorders, RASopathies, and LSD/MPS diseases.
  2. The NP will know the difference between all types of genetic testing including karyotype, microarray, gene sequencing, whole exome and genome sequencing, and will feel comfortable using online database resources.
  3. For the more advanced NP in Genetics, impactful teachings in the areas of genomics, pharmacogenomics, and epigenomics will offer greater knowledge into these hot topic areas and the research being done.
  4. Using five NPs from across the country, our panel will provide discussion in areas of professionalism, best-practices, the utilization of NPs from one clinic to another, and needs of the clinical NP in Genetics.
Additional information


Stephanie J. Offord, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 266-5686
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.
  • 16.00 NP Contact Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/25/2019 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
09/27/2019 - 5:00pm

Agenda subject to change

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

7:00 - 8:00Breakfast    provided by CGAPP
8:00 - 8:25Welcome and Survey Results 
8:25 - 10:00Genetics 101 & Testing 101Angela Pickart
10:00 - 10:20Break and Exhibits (20 mins) 
10:20 - 11:30KEYNOTE: WES/WGSBrett Bostwick
11:30 - 12:30DysmorphologyDonald Basel
12:30 - 1:20Lunch and Exhibitslunch provided by CGAPP
1:20 - 2:20PharmacogeneticsGunter Scharer
2:20 - 3:20NeurogeneticsMatthew Harmelink
3:20 - 3:40Break and Exhibits (20 mins) 
3:40 - 4:30Utilization of APP in GeneticsSarah Viall, Amanda Bawcom, Lauren Hitchins, Stephanie Offord, Suzanne Ducett
4:30 - 5:00APN PanelSarah Viall, Amanda Bawcom, Lauren Hitchins, Stephanie Offord, Suzanne Ducett

Thursday, September 26, 2019

7:00 - 8:00Breakfast    provided by CGAPP
8:00 - 8:15Morning Start 
8:15 - 9:30Metabolic 101Amy White
9:30 - 10:10PKUAmanda Bawcom
10:10 - 10:30Break and Exhibits (20 mins) 
10:30 - 11:45LSD/MPS 101Lauren Hitchins
11:45 - 12:35Lunchprovided by CGAPP
12:35 - 1:35Mitochondrial DiseaseGregory Rice
1:35 - 2:35Hereditary Connective Tissue 101Donald Basel
2:35 - 2:55Break and Exhibits (20 mins) 
2:55 - 3:55CardiogeneticsElle Geddes

Friday, September 27, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast    provided by CGAPP
8:00 - 8:10Morning Start 
8:10 - 9:10NBS ExperienceSarah Viall
9:10 - 10:10NeuropsychologyKen Grizzle
10:10 - 10:25Break (15 mins) 
10:25 - 11:35GenodermatosesDawn Siegel
11:35- 12:00Survey and Wrap Up 




Kimpton Journeyman Hotel
310 E. Chicago Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States
+1 (888) 536-9008

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.

Reservations: (888) 536-9008 Hotel: (414) 291-3970 Fax: (414) 291-3972

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee:

  • Stephanie Offord, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC
  • Katherine Haas, Genetics Administrative Director  


  • Donald Basel, MD, FACMG
  • Amanda Bawcom, MSN, RN, CPNP 
  • Bret Bostwick, MD, FACMG, FAAP 
  • Dawn Siegel, MD 
  • Suzanne Ducett, BSN, RN
  • Elle Geddes, MD
  • Ken Grizzle, PhD
  • Matthew Harmelink, MD 
  • Lauren Hitchins, DNP, CPNP, AGN-BC
  • Stephanie Offord, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC
  • Angela Pickart, MS, CGC
  • Gregory Rice, MD
  • Gunter Scharer, MD
  • Sarah Viall, PPCNP
  • Amy White, MS, CGC


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

Nurse Practitioner:
The 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.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 NP Pharmacology
    NP Pharmacology credit.
  • 16.00 NP Contact Hours


Please login or register to take this course.

This conference is intended for APPs who are currently working in clinical genetics. If you are unsure if this conference is appropriate for you, please contact

Due to our limited capacity, we ask that you limit the number of attendees to two from the same clinical department. 

Registration Fee = $350.00

  • Please note! The billing address entered upon checkout must match the billing address on the credit card you will be using to pay for this course. MCW accepts MasterCard, VISA and Discover.

Refund Policy: 
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