2024 Education course (half-day)


Genetic testing interpretation from basic to advanced**

Saturday, May 4
1 – 5pm PT
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building

  • Ramiro Maldonado, MD  Duke University
  • Robert Hufnagel, MD, PhD National Eye Institute (NEI/NIH)
  • Kristy Lee, MS Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 


Ophthalmologists, Genetic counselors, Geneticists, Researchers, Trainees (residents, fellows, postdocs) 

Course description

Interpreting genetic testing results is a complex skill that requires an understanding of basic genetic principles, molecular techniques in genetic testing, and clinical implications of genes, variants, and phenotypes. Rapid advancements in genetics and genomics have created expertise gaps among healthcare providers and researchers for interpreting genetic testing for clinical purpose-however, understanding the distinct types of genetic testing and how to discern between pathogenic and benign variation variants is key in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Attend this course if you are struggling with the interpretation of genetic testing results. Learn from experts in the field who will cover genetic testing and genetic counseling issues, as well as clinical information about syndromic and non-syndromic inherited ocular diseases. Attendees will walk away with practical tips for the genetic diagnosis of inherited ocular diseases, and a comprehension of aspects ranging from ophthalmological evaluation to variant curation, including genetic counseling, research consortia, and public databases. 

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After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the most common syndromic and non-syndromic inherited ocular diseases. 
  • Describe the molecular basis of genetic testing.  
  • Interpret positive, inconclusive and negative genetic testing results.  
  • Identify challenges health care providers face in the ophthalmic genetics field. 
  • Discuss new concepts to utilize public databases for gene and variant curation. 

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Course fee

* Coffee breaks included with a half-day course registration

course fee
Up to
March 8
March 9 -
April 26
April 26
Member $140 $175 $190
Member-in-training $105 $120 $130
Nonmember $185 $220 $235
Nonmember-in-training $130 $145 $155


**NOTE - Bundle deal available

  • Breakfast and lunch included if registered for a morning AND afternoon half-day course
course fee
Up to
March 8
March 9 -
April 26
April 26
Member $235 $290 $320
Member-in-training $175 $200 $220
Nonmember $310 $365 $395
Nonmember-in-training $215 $240 $260

Physician accreditation statement 

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician credit designation 

ARVO designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

International Attendees: The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in CME activities are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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