Massachusetts Medical Society: How Rare is Rare? Why it Pays to Think of Zebras

How Rare is Rare? Why it Pays to Think of Zebras

Genetics for the Nongeneticist

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET

  • I am already so busy, why should I spend time on rare conditions?

  • How many patients with rare genetic disorders could there possibly be in my practice? Wouldn’t they already have a diagnosis?

  • How might a patient with a rare genetic disorder present?

  • How much could I help as a primary care provider?

This webinar will provide information about the prevalence and impact of rare genetic disorders. Faculty will describe the diagnostic and treatment difficulties for patients with a rare genetic disease, highlight the vital role of primary care providers and give helpful tips to narrow down differential diagnoses. Specific examples will be provided to demonstrate how a good history and intellectual curiosity can change a patient’s life.

Webinar Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of rare genetic disorders in their patient population

  • Identify the unique presentations and burdens faced by rare disease patients

  • Implement different treatment strategies that may be required to manage rare genetic diseases


Greg Feero
Greg Feero, MD, PhD
Family Practitioner
Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth University

5-Part Webinar Series Flyer

Webinar Registration Fees

This is a free webinar.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $635,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Accreditation Statement

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 Massachusetts Medical Society and New England Regional Genetics Network. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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