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NHGRI Launches Genomic Education Resource

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute today launched an online resource aimed at helping educators teach nurses and physician assistants about genomics and genetics and their use in contemporary medicine, NHGRI said today.

Developed by the University of Virginia and funded by NHGRI, the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) is a free, web-based collection of genetics- and genomics-related materials that is designed to help prepare healthcare workers for the era of personalized medicine.

The center provides cross-mapped learning activities and assessments, outcome indicators and professional competencies, such as Genomics Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators.

Educators may use the G2C2 resource to find and download materials for use in classrooms, and they can share genomic and genetic teaching resources with other teachers by uploading material that will be reviewed by the center's editorial board.

"Our profession has been at the vanguard of realizing the importance of genetics and genomics in the future of medicine, and encouraging efforts to incorporate more of these key concepts into education and training," said Michael Rackover, director of the physician assistant program at Philadelphia University and a member of the advisory board that created G2C2, said in a statement.

NHGRI said that the resource is part of its effort to address the growing need of health care professionals for knowledge in personalized medicine.

The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society at the Department of Health and Human Services currently is reviewing a set of recommendations that consider ways that the US healthcare system can begin to prepare for potential changes brought on by the spread of genetic testing and genomic information.

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