GIVE: Rio Grande Valley Seminar

McAllen, TX US
April 15, 2023


Inequalities in genetic services for the care of Hispanic children with rare diseases living along the Texas-Mexico border has long been a major health concern. Rare genetic diseases are frequently disabling and often reduce life expectancy, either causing early childhood death, life-threatening medical complications, and/or chronic neurodevelopmental problems. Lack of knowledge of the front-line healthcare providers regarding ascertainment and evaluation of genetic diseases is a critical barrier in providing timely diagnoses to children in this population. Our ultimate goal is to accelerate genetics evaluation of pediatric rare diseases in the remote marginalized areas of Texas and establish an infrastructure that provides disease-appropriate care to the affected children. In order to increase genomic literacy of non-genetics providers, we will develop 2 CPE seminars. These seminars will be focused on recognition of rare diseases in the pediatric community. The activity will help build genomic competency of front-line healthcare providers through use of facial recognition technology and education to expedite referral of pediatric patients with suspected rare diseases. We will educate them in using an internally developed virtual tool called Consulta gene for patient referral. In addition, we will train learners in employing machine assisted Face2Gene app in clinics for ascertainment of patients suspected to have genetic disorders.


This activity is for pediatricians, neurologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, medical assistants, and social workers.


At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the potential solutions to address health care disparities in genomic medicine.
  • Explain the benefits and challenges in using the Face2gene app to recognize certain genetic disorders in a clinical practice setting.
  • Identify structural changes to improve healthcare and reduce health disparities.


Lecture and skill-based training workshop


Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Ethics
  • 2.00 Social Work
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/15/2023 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/15/2023 - 11:00am CDT
McAllen Public Library
4001 N 23rd St
McAllen, TX 78504
United States


Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Worker: Baylor College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (License Number 7270) is an approved continuing education provider for Social Workers through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. This activity has been approved for 2.00 continuing education units.

Ethics: The presentation, GIVE Access: Improving Genomic Health Equity through Project GIVE-Blake Vuocolo, by Blake Vuocolo, MS, CGC, has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for 1.00 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Ethics
  • 2.00 Social Work


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