Workforce Education Resources

The wide range of genomics implementation activities globally are generating workforce education resources. The aim of this section is to provide links to existing resources that have been developed and are being made available for others to use.

International

Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC)

ISCC membership consists of representatives from societies, professional organizations, NIH institutes, industry as well as individuals with expertise in medical education. The ISCC is co-chaired by an NIH official and an external member.  Members include nurses, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, pharmacists, dentists, and physicians from a variety of medical specialties. Some resources available from ISCC include:

International Society Of Nurses In Genetics (ISONG) 

ISONG fosters and advocates for the scientific and professional development of its members and the nursing community, in the discovery, interpretation, application, and management of genomic information, for the promotion of the public's health and wellbeing. ISONG advocates for public understanding of genomic health and use of genomic information.

United Kingdom

NHS Health Education England - Genomics Education Programme 

This programme is:

  • providing online resources and self-directed education for NHS staff, including general courses such as Introduction to Genomics and Introduction to Bioinformatics and tailored training such as Consent and Ethics 

  • developing curricula and assuring delivery of formal academic-based training programmes for all of the multi-professional workforce, such as the MSc in Genomic Medicine and Higher Specialist Scientist Training in genomics

  • Co-ordinating workforce planning for the specialist staff required to deliver genomic technologies

  • Commissioning NHS-funded places for staff on training programmes

  • Supporting multi-professional clinical research fellowships and doctoral posts in genomics and bioinformatics and genomics

UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The RCGP is creating educational and training resources to ensure that the workforce of today and the future is equipped to respond to the fast-paced developments in genomics.

Genomics Podcasts and Genomics Webinars

 

Australia

Centre for Genetics Education - Clinical Genomic Resource

The Clinical Genomics Research Resource aims to introduce clinicians and clinician-researchers to genomics research and to familiarise researchers and reviewers with key considerations for conducting clinical genomics research.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) makes available, under licence, a guide on Genomics in general practice. This guide has short, practical summaries with key information that a GP might need to manage common genetic conditions and issues of testing in primary care.

Australian Genomics - Genomics Workforce & Education Program

The Workforce and Education Program’s first project was to map current and planned genomic education activities available to genetic and non-genetic health professionals in Australia. The resulting Technical Report provides a snapshot of activities available to Australian health professionals in late 2016. The Report also features a comprehensive set of appendices detailing the methods used in this mapping study. 

United States of America

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Genomic Medicine for Health Care Providers

Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals provides reliable, up-to-date genetics and genomics information related to patient management, curricular resources, new National Institutes of Health and NHGRI research activities, and ethical, legal and social issues.

Training and Career Development Opportunities

The NHGRI supports programs that foster research training and the development of a highly trained and diverse biomedical research workforce.

Division of Genomic Medicine

Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research (CSER) program generates resources that help inform and educate healthcare providers. Examples include its guide to understanding and interpreting genomic test reports and a range of software tools including an app for taking family history pedigrees (Proband).