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Down Syndrome: Health Care Updates for the Primary Care Pediatrician - 1 CME Credit

Revewing the latest advances in patient care and managment

Start Date: June 5, 2018
Duration: ~ 1 hour
Price: $49

Course Description

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Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition in humans, but do you know the latest evidence-based medicine on how to best manage these patients? Much has changed since medical school. Many health care guidelines and emerging literature are changing the way that individuals with Down syndrome are diagnosed, followed, and managed. Astute physicians can now detect associated conditions before they become symptomatic in an effort to maximize health care development.

The goal of this online activity is to review the latest advances in health care management of children with Down syndrome so primary care pediatricians and other interested health care professionals can provide exceptional care.

What You'll Learn

  • To define the causes of Down syndrome
  • To describe the evidenced-based best practices for, and implications of, receiving and delivering a prenatal vs. postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome
  • To identify medical conditions associated with Down syndrome, their characteristic signs and symptoms, and their treatment options
  • To discuss health care guidelines for Down syndrome



BRIAN SKOTKO, MD, MPP Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Down Syndrome Program, Massachusetts General Hospital


Down Syndrome: Health Care Updates for the Primary Care Pediatrician is organized as follows:

Precourse Information:
Accreditation and AMA Credit Designation
Disclosure Statement
How to Take This Course
Grading and Certificates

Down Syndrome: Health Care Updates for the Primary Care Pediatrician
Case Presentation
Prenatal Diagnosis
Postnatal Diagnosis
Genetic Variations of Down Syndrome
Newborn Visit
Hematologic Disorders
Potential Health Concerns
Translocation Down Syndrome

CME Certificate
CME Posttest
Course Evaluation



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School has long held the standard that its continuing medical education courses be free of commercial bias.

In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relevant relationship they, or their spouse or partner, have to companies producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.

Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide the course director and participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Disclosure Statement

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of the activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Course Planners and Faculty:

Brian G. Skotko, MD, MPP
Relationship: Consultant
Company: Gerson Lehrman Group

Relationship: Research Grant
Company: F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.

Relationship: Book Royalties
Company: Woodbine House, Inc.


All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.


Dr. Brian Skotko is a board-certified medical geneticist and director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. In 2001 he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and, most recently, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Skotko recently authored major research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPR's "On Point," and ABC's "Good Morning America." Dr. Skotko serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Board of Directors for the Band of Angels Foundation, and the Professional Advisory Committee for the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources.


Courtney Verscaj, BS is a third-year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Biometry and Statistics with a concentration in statistical genomics from Cornell University. She plans on pursuing a career in clinical genetics and has a special interest in the psychosocial dimensions of genetic disease.


Down Syndrome: Health Care Updates for the Primary Care Pediatrician:
Original Release: 5/5/2010
Most Recent Update: 6/7/2018

End Date: 6/7/2021 (Enrollment ends 5/7/2021)


How long will this course take?

This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you like.

How long will this course be available?

This self-paced course will close enrollments three years after its start date.

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What if I want to learn more about this topic?

HMS Continuing Education holds live topic-focused conferences throughout the year. Please see our course catalog for upcoming events.