NEW! Genetics and Epilepsy Curriculum

View the Calendar for Session dates. *Some topics will be covered over the course of 2 sessions.

Note: To receive a certificate of completion practitioners must attend all 5-sessions of the Epilepsy Genetics program (offered February 2021). All sessions are 60-minutes in length, and offered over the lunch hour.

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Topic:

The Clinical Criteria for Epilepsy Genetic Testing

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize when it is appropriate to order an Epilepsy Gene Panel based on current Ontario Guidelines
  • Determine the relevant clinical phenotypes, EEG and imaging features, and salient family history that suggest Genetic Testing is indicated
  • Identify which patients do not meet the criteria for epilepsy genetics testing
  • Identify the clinical criteria for consideration of genetic testing

Topic:

I want to order genetic testing…now what?

Learning Objective:

  • Identify key points to consider before ordering genetic testing
  • Identify issues to discuss in pre-test counselling e.g. consent, potential results and outcomes, parental testing
  • Determine information required for ordering, selecting the right panel and filling the requisition

Topic:

I have received the results of genetic testing…now what?

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize variant classification and what they mean
  • Identify tools and process for clarification of results (variants of uncertain significance, false negatives, false positives, parental testing)
  • Identify considerations for post-test counseling (management changes, recurrence risk assessment and further referrals)
  • Summarize online genetics resources

Topic:

Epilepsy Gene Panel Selection Part I: Focal Epilepsy, Progressive Myoclonic Epilepsy, Comprehensive Panel

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize electroclinical epilepsy syndromes due to genes detected by the Familial Focal Epilepsies, the Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsies and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Gene Panel

Topic:

Epilepsy Gene Panel Selection Part II: Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy, Childhood-onset Epilepsy, Epilepsy association with brain malformation, and “Actionable” Epilepsy

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize electroclinical epilepsy syndromes due to genes detected by the Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy and Childhood Onset Epilepsy panels
  • Determine when to order the Actionable/ STAT gene panel for potentially treatable epilepsy conditions
  • Identify structural brain malformations detected on neuroimaging with a genetic basis for which the Brain Malformation panel is indicated

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for Mainpro+ credits. These sessions are also an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.