Long School of Medicine

Prenatal Genetic Counseling: Indications and Benefits

Course Description

Ms. Horsting delves into the significant role prenatal counseling plays, contributing to enhanced patient care in this online enduring prenatal presentation. Interactive questions are shared throughout the program including a discussion on American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) statements on defining genetic counseling/testing, its potential results, risks, limitations and benefits.

The presentation integrates various aspects of genetic counseling such as psychology, medicine, education, social science and the “hard” sciences of genetics. The presenter discusses the time limitations a practitioner experiences when including genetic related questions into new OB history and physical. She includes an in-depth flow chart that can easily decipher who is at risk and who should be referred to genetic counseling.

Ultimately, when genetic testing is recommended, where and why should be an integral part of a physicians practice for prenatal-pregnancy care for all patients.

Target Audience

The target audience consists of anyone caring for prenatal and pregnant patients, nurses, physicians and mental health professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will gain knowledge regarding what prenatal genetic counseling entails and the benefits to both patients and practitioners.
  • Attendees will be able to identify common indications for referral genetic counseling


Julie Horsting
Julie Horsting, MR, MS, LCGC
Specialist – Genetic Counselor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UT Health San Antonio

Faculty/Speakers Financial Disclosures:

Julie Horsting is a UT Health San Antonio employee and does not have any relevant financial or non-financial relationships with any proprietary interests, nor any conscious conflicts of interest.

The planning committee members listed below do not have any relevant financial interest to disclose.

Rebecca Terrazas, RN
Amy Quinn, MD
Antonio Hernandez, MD
Kayla Ireland, MD
Dolores Perry, RN
Patrick Ramsey MD, MSPH

Physician Participation

Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.

Program Registration Information

Registration Fees - No Charge $0.00

Continuing Medical Education Credit - Accreditation Statement

As an ACCME-accredited CME provider, The UT Health Science Center San Antonio must ensure that its CME activities are independent of the control of commercial interests. All speakers and planning committee members for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio sponsored programs are expected to disclose (prior to the activity) all “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 24 months that create a conflict of interest. (“Relevant” financial interest or other relationships can include such things as grant or research support, employees, consultants, major stockholders, members of speaker bureau, etc.)

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Rebecca Terrazas, course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the University Health System. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

Credit may be obtained upon successful completion of the activity’s evaluation.