GCSOM Keystone Symposium Fall 2017: Innovations in Autism Awareness and Diagnosis

The Autism Society estimates that there are more than 3 million people, adults and children, living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States today. Many of these people are undiagnosed and have not received treatment. The Autism Spectrum Report, compiled by The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development and reviewed by the Autism Task Force of the Behavioral Health Initiative at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, reports a significant need for increased awareness, proper screening and diagnosis, genetic testing, treatment plans, autism services, vocational training, counseling  and respite care for individuals and families challenged by ASD.

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4:45 – 5:30 p.m. 

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Brenda Finucane, LGC
Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, Geisinger
“Advances in genetic diagnosis and practical implications for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Keynote session:
Rick Guidotti, Positive Exposure
“The Spirit of Difference”

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Panel discussion
“ASD Support: From Research to Quality of Life”


  • David Ledbetter, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Geisinger
  • Thomas Challman, MD, Medical Director and Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, ADMI, Geisinger
  • James Martin, Vice President, Friendship House, Scranton
  • Michael Williams, Director, Independent Living Services, Center for Independent Living, Scranton

Moderator: Christa Lese Martin, PhD, Director and Professor, ADMI, Geisinger

Registration fee

  • Waived for Geisinger Commonwealth staff & faculty with email address
  • Waived for Geisinger Commonwealth students and resident physicians
  • $10 for all other students
  • $40 all other participants

More information

Download the Keystone Symposium brochure.


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Continuing education credits approved

In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Health System is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Geisinger Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. Geisinger Health System designates this activity for 3 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

Disclosure policy
Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by Geisinger Health System must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

Social workers
NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. Three CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), marriage and family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

Registration policies

  • Registrations will be confirmed by email upon receipt of payment.
  • Geisinger Commonwealth reserves the right to cancel any activity due to unforeseen circumstances and will refund registration fees.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, your fee will be refunded when written notification is received by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Office of CME before Wednesday, Sept. 27.
  • No refunds will be made on or after Wednesday, Sept. 27.

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