Conversations About Ethics

Genomic Medicine – What Do You Really Want To Know About Your Genome?

James P. Evans, M.D., Ph.D.

Rapidly evolving technology has made sequencing of an individual’s entire genome a practical reality, leading to visions of a time when each person's genome will be sequenced, guiding health and medical decisions over a lifetime. However just how useful such information may prove to be remains in question. Many health practitioners feel ill equipped to address genomic medicine with patients. Clinical researchers, too, are wrestling with novel medical, legal and ethical questions presented by this new frontier. Adding to the challenge, genetic information involves not just individual patients but entire families, and considering the needs of all is a challenge for our medical system. This important "Conversations About Ethics" gives physicians and clinical researchers an overview of the current landscape in genomic medicine, a framework for incorporating new information and aims to help sort “hype” from reality regarding the promise of genomic medicine.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the major applications of DNA technology in the clinical setting
  2. Identify new and emerging potential applications of genomics in preventive health
  3. Identify the ethical challenges among what individuals want to know/not know about their own genome, the salient aspects of clinical care, and consumer-driven genetic testing

About Our Speaker: James Evans, M.D., Ph.D.

James P. Evans, a physician, Medical Geneticist and molecular biologist who sees patients, directs research and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He also directs UNC’s Clinical Cancer Genetics Services, evaluating and advising patients about genetic conditions and testing.  Dr. Evans, under the auspices of the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center  — a Congressionally mandated program —has been actively involved nationally and internationally in the education of high court judges about genetic and scientific matters as described in the New York Times in 2010.. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on the subject of “Genetics, Health and Society” and has testified before the US Congress regarding the regulation of genetic testing. Dr. Evans is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Continuing Education Information for both the workshop and evening lecture

CME: The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
†Each presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for 1 hour formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
CNE: University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The workshop activity provides 5.0 contact hours. The keynote presentation provides 1.08 contact hours.
CEU: The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW.
The workshop provides up to 5.0 ethics continuing education units. The evening lecture provides up to 1.08 ethics continuing education credits.


This lecture will be held in San Antonio and presented via video-teleconferencing at: 

RAHC Auditorium 1.100 (Main), 2102 Treasure Hill Blvd., Harlingen

Laredo Extension Campus, Room 2.200, 1937 Bustamante Street, Laredo, Texas

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Resource List

This resource list brings together websites, videos, audio recordings, books, and articles to supplement the workshop and lecture.

By Our Speaker

Dipping Your Toe (Introductory Information)

Wading Waist High (Intermediate Resources)

Taking a Deep Dive (Advanced Materials)

Access to Materials

Freely available Online
Available through the San Antonio Public Library
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Available through the Briscoe Library at the UTHSCSA Faculty
Faculty, students, and staff may access these materials remotely using their Health Science Center log-in. Non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public may access these materials in-person by visiting the library and registering for guest access. Off-site access is not available for non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public due to licensing restrictions.