Healthcare professionals now have access to a variety of educational and clinical genomics resources thanks to a new partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and several professional medical societies. The resources are available on the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) website, a free, online collection of more than 500 materials for use in the classroom and for self-directed learning of genetics and genomics concepts for use in the clinic.
G2C2 is part of NHGRI's effort to address the growing need among health care professionals for knowledge in genomics, a science that is paving the way for more individualized approaches to detect, treat and prevent many diseases.
"G2C2 will be continually updated with new resources for healthcare professionals," said Donna Messersmith, Ph.D., a health policy analyst with NHGRI's Genomic Healthcare Branch, which created the website. "Our goal now is to provide easy access to genomic resources produced by professional societies in different fields of expertise."
The website was developed with input from an editorial board of nurses, genetic counselors, physicians, physician assistants and pharmacists. Resources are reviewed by the editorial board for quality and are mapped to published genomic competencies - the knowledge and skills a provider needs to perform specific functions in genomic medicine.
In addition to providing an editorial board for content review, the G2C2 team collaborates with NHGRI's Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC), which helps facilitate communication around genetics and genomics among practitioner professional societies. To synergize the efforts of ISCC and G2C2, landing pages for professional societies are now available on G2C2. The Association for Molecular Pathology, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and The Jackson Laboratory are the first organizations to participate in this partnership. ISCC members and others regularly contribute new genomic educational resources to the G2C2 editorial board.
"This combined effort brings together both educators and professional societies, whose goals are meeting the specific needs of their discipline," said Robert Wildin, M.D., who heads the Genomic Healthcare Branch at NHGRI. "This synergistic effort advances NHGRI's goal to develop the resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to health care."
G2C2 has been updated recently with new resources for a variety of health professionals, including:
- Genomic Technologies for Oncology Researchers
- Genetic Testing Registry
- Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG)
- HLA-B alleles and adverse events related to use of carbamazepine and allopurinol
- Genomic Essentials for Graduate Level Nurses
- Society of Gynecologic Oncology: 2016 Genetics Toolkit
For more information, visit G2C2 at http://www.GenomicsEducation.net. To view resources from a specific organization, visit G2C2, select "Browse Topics" from the menu, and choose one of the organizations.