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Prenatal Genetic Screening: Advances in Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

MOC Section 1 Hour(s)

Program available online until: March 19, 2019



This event is 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, and is approved by the Division of Continuing Professional Development, University of Manitoba for a maximum of 1.00 Hour(s). Participants should only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.

Update on Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

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In this program we will review the role of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), explore new advances in NIPT in prenatal screening as of fall 2017, and offer support for counselling expectant patients on these topics.

Practitioners will gain an understanding of new advances in:

  • The role of NIPT
  • NIPT for microdeletion syndromes
  • NIPT for twin pregnancies
  • NIPT for surrogate and egg donor pregnancies

Planning Committee

  • Arthur Zaltz, BSc, MD, FRCSC.
  • Jonathan Hey, MB ChB, CCFP, FCFP.
  • Sandra Lee, BSc, MD, CCFP.
  • Emily Moon, BSc, MD, CCFP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and differentiate the non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) options.
  • Describe new developments in NIPT, which will allow appropriate ordering.
  • Counsel patients about the benefits, limitations, test-result interpretation, and outcomes of different NIPT methodologies for trisomies 21, 18, and 13, microdeletions, sex chromosome aneuploidies, and triploidy in the primary care setting.

Ask the Expert

  • What are patients’ main concerns about prenatal screening? How can practitioners address these concerns when counselling patients?
  • How should mothers be counselled about the relative roles of screening and diagnostic tests?
  • What does a family physician need to know about NIPT fetal fraction?
  • What are the new advances in NIPT that physicians need to know about?
  • What is the significance of screening for microdeletion syndromes?
  • If a result is high-risk for aneuploidy in a twin pregnancy, is the result reported per twin?
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