Although the International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Meeting was initially convened in Strasbourg, France in 1998 to assemble the best professional minds working on this diagnosis worldwide, families have always been an intentional and integral component of the meeting as leaders from a variety of parent groups have been in attendance at all gatherings, whereas a large contingent of families participated in the Philadelphia, Atlanta, and most recently Coventry, conferences. The 2012 Meeting is modeled after the latter three conferences, with an entire family program incorporated specifically into the meeting. The heart of the Family Program revolves around core lectures presented by world renowned clinicians and scientists focusing on the medical, developmental, educational, and psychological issues associated with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Expanded question and answer periods provide essential opportunities for parent-professional dialogue. Furthermore, an integrated Social Program encourages a robust Parent-Professional Partnership. Last but certainly not least, programs designed specifically for individuals with the 22q11.2 deletion of all ages, as well as siblings without the deletion, make the 2012 Meeting, with its incredible location at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort, particularly unique.
From a professional educational perspective, this conference is targeted to all health care professionals and basic science researchers, such as physicians (both general and specialists), genetic counselors, psychologists, speech pathologists, dentists, audiologists, nurses, educators, physical and occupational therapists, sociologists and epidemiologists. Students in all areas are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
Continuing Medical Education:
- Accreditation Statement – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
- Certification Statement – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designated this continuing education activity for a maximum of 20 credit hours in Category 1 toward Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
- This Meeting will apply for ASHA credits. More details to come.
- This Meeting will apply for CEU’s for Genetic Counselors. More details to come.
- This Meeting will apply for CEU’s for Nursing. More details to come.
Upon completion of this conference, professional participants should be able to:
- Understand the current scope of medical and surgical issues associated with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
- Understand the developmental and educational challenges specific to this diagnosis
- Understand the unique psychological and social challenges associated with the deletion
- Understand the importance of early detection
- Understand the methods of deletion detection
- Acquire an understanding as to which patients will benefit from screening
- Understand methods of pre-implantation diagnosis, prenatal screening and indications for prenatal diagnosis
- Recognize the availability of newborn screening
- Incorporate the published “Practical Guidelines For Managing Patients With The 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome” into their everyday best practice
- Recognize the importance of experienced coordinated team care for individuals with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
- Define the purpose and outcomes to date of The International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Consortium