Table 9.

Resources Available to Healthcare Professionals to Enhance Knowledge of Genetics and Genomics

EntityDescription
American Academy of Pediatrics Genetic Literacy in Primary Care ColloquiumAn initiative of the Genetics in Primary Care Institute that has published articles related to delivery of genetic services in daily pediatric primary care practice, along the spectrum of prevention, diagnosis, and management, as well as family history tools (https://geneticsinprimarycare.aap.org/Pages/default.aspx).121,122,124
American Medical Association Genetics and Genomics Competency CenterA free online collection of genomics education materials for use in teaching and self-learning for physicians, genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants developed by the NHGRI. Formats include webinars, glossaries, fact sheets, guides, and self-study activities including opportunities for CME credits (http://g-2-c-2.org).
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)The ANCC in 2015 created an international certification for genetic nursing. Through a portfolio process, candidates seeking certification are required to meet certain eligibility and practice requirements for genetic nursing in their specialty area. The portfolio application is evaluated and scored by expert genetic nurse appraisers for specific evidence of elements related to genetics/genomics are meet. Successful candidates are awarded board certification, which is renewed every 5 y.
G3C Global Genetics and Genomics CommunityA bilingual collection of unfolding case studies that can be used with healthcare providers and students to understand basic genetics and genomics concepts and their application to practice (http://g-3-c.org/en).
Genetics and Common Disorders: Implications for Primary Care and Public Health ProvidersA program being offered free to physicians and other healthcare professionals on a CD-ROM (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-science/genetics-molecular-medicine/education-research.page).
Institute of Medicine workshop on genetic educationPublished a workshop summary on improving genetics education in graduate and continuing health profession education (http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Reports/2015/Improving-Genetics-Education-Graduate-Continuing-Health-Professional-Education.aspx).
National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)Founded in 1996 by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the NHGRI to promote health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics. The coalition has developed consensus core competencies in genetics, educational resources on topics relating to clinical genetics, and a search engine to provide health professionals and the public with high quality information related to human genetics, with a particular focus on genetic medicine and health (http://www.nchpeg.org/).
  • CME indicates continuing medical education; and NHGRI, National Human Genome Research Institute.