Genetics and Genomics for Health Professionals

Competency and Curricular Resources

Important Off-Site Curricular Resources
Practicing healthcare providers and healthcare students will increasingly use genetic and genomic knowledge information to meet the needs of their patients. To meet this growing need all healthcare professionals including nurses, physicians, and physician assistants are creating essential competencies, practice guidelines, and curricular resources in genetics and genomics for each of their professions. Genetic and genomic competencies, guidelines, curricular and CME resources, as well as National Human Genome Research training opportunities for healthcare professionals are provided in this section.

Competencies for All Healthcare Professionals

  • National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) []
    NCHPEG was established in 1996 by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Comprised of 64 diverse health professional organizations, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies, private industry, managed care organizations, and genetics professional societies, NCHPEG is committed to promoting health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics. In 2007, NCHPEG published the third edition of its "Core Competencies in Genetics for Health Professionals." This report recommends that all health professionals possess certain core competencies in genetics so that they can effectively and responsibly integrate genetics into current clinical practice and education of health professionals.

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Nursing Competencies

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Physician Competencies

  • Korf BR, Berry AB, Limson M, Marian AJ, Murray MF, O'Rourke PP, Passamani ER, Relling MV, Tooker J, Tsongalis GJ, Rodriguez LL.  Framework for development of physician competencies in genomic medicine: report of the Competencies Working Group of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Physician Education in Genomics.  Genet Med, doi: 10.1038/gim.2014.35. 2014. [PubMed] New

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Physicians Assistant Competencies

  • Physician Assistants and Genomic Medicine Meeting Summary
    The goals of this meeting were to: 1) provide an opportunity for the Physician Assistant organizations to share information regarding their activities in the arena of genetics and genomics, 2) identify gaps and means to close them, 3) discuss potential roles for the participating organizations in expanding the knowledge base of Physician Assistant faculty, students and graduates regarding the application of genomics to healthcare, and 4) plan next steps for all of the organizations in attendance.

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Curricular Resources

For All Healthcare Professionals
  • YouTube video Genetics of Complex Disease - Dr. Larry Brody New
    Lecture from the 2014 NHGRI Summer Workshop in Genomics (Short Course)
  • Genetics in Primary Care []
    Training program curriculum materials
  • Information for Genetics Professionals []
    Educational, clinical, and research resources
  • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics []
    Core competencies in genetics and reviews of education programs
  • Genetics/Genomics Competency Center

    Genomic applications in health care and disease prevention are increasingly relevant to the day-to-day delivery of care to the general public, and patients of all health care professionals. In many ways the internet is the most logical venue for the development, storage, and dissemination of educational resources for health professionals and their teachers. To address this growing need for genetic and genomic knowledge among health care professionals, in 2010 an online tool was launched to help educate the next generation of nurses, physician assistants, and now genetic counselors about this new frontier. The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center is a free, Web-based repository of peer reviewed curricular materials on genetics and genomics designed for all healthcare providers. To access this resource, visit Expansion of this tool to include other healthcare professionals, such as pharmacists and others is in progress. A Video Guide to G2C2 is available at:

    Educators and practicing clinicians can use the Genetic/Genomic Competency Center to find and download peer reviewed materials for use. They also can share their favorite genomic and genetic teaching resources with other educators by uploading materials, which will be regularly reviewed by the center's editorial board to ensure quality control. A rating system has also been implemented to facilitate identification by the busy educator of the most valuable resources. Visit the site to learn about the many components available at G2C2.

For Physicians
For Nurses
  • Genomics in Nursing Special Issue and Webinars
    Nurses bring an important perspective to the application of genomics in patient care. A Genomics in Nursing Special Issue has been published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship regarding genomics of common health conditions with relevance for nursing practice. The issue consists of an editorial and 11 articles, all intended to provide a platform for preparing both the practicing and academic communities for the translation of genomics into practice. The articles provide an overview of: current and emerging genomic science and technology; ethical, legal, social, and nursing research issues associated with the translation of genomics into healthcare; the state of the evidence about genomic variation and clinical implications for common diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, and cancer; content about both pediatric and adult conditions; and implications for international care.

    A video about this special issue is available at For open access to all articles visit The Journal of Nursing Scholarship Series in Genomic Nursing.
  • Genetics Education Program for Nurses []
    Links to genetics resources of particular interest to nurses.
  • Genetics Is Relevant Now []
    NCHPEG and the Department of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati developed this Web-based educational program that illustrates current genetics applications in nursing practice. Specifically, the content addresses the relevance of genetics in infectious disease, oncology nursing, and common disease. It includes audio clips from genetics nursing experts and from patients.
For Physician Assistants
  • Genomics in Physician Assistant Practice
    An article series on genomics from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants that demonstrates how genetics is becoming the fundamental science for all health care providers and how it has, and soon will, influence clinical practice for Physician Assistants (PA).
  • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics []
    An annual meeting that often provides meeting slides and information on their Web site. Other educational programs of value are listed on their Web site, including a recently developed Web-based programs: Genetics in the Physician Assistant's Practice [], which provides an interactive genetics primer, family history exercises, genetic testing information, teaching tools, and links to other resources.
Continuing Medical Education
National Human Genome Research Institute Training Opportunities

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Last Updated: August 21, 2014