The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC) was formed in February 2013 from the Genomic Medicine IV meeting. ISCC's mission is to improve genomic literacy of healthcare providers and enhance the effective practice of clinical genomic medicine by facilitating interactions among the key stakeholders in genomics education. Through ISCC, members can collaborate to identify educational needs and potential solutions, share best practices in educational approaches and develop educational resources.
ISCC membership includes over 160 representatives from societies, professional organizations, NIH institutes, industry as well as individuals with expertise in medical education.
Since its inception, ISCC has provided an important forum for discussion and, through project groups, conference calls and in-person meetings, developed resources for genomics education including webinars, published competencies and workshops at meetings of member organizations.
For more information on the ISCC and its mission, refer to the following ISCC Description.
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. If you or your organization have a demonstrated interest in health care provider genomics education, we welcome your involvement in the ISCC (contact ISCC-NHGRI@nih.gov). Additional information about membership is also included in the ISCC Description.
Richard Haspel, M.D., Ph.D. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D. (National Human Genome Research Institute)
Biannually, ISCC Members submit information on their genomics education initiatives and interests to facilitate collaboration.
The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee commissioned four initial working groups to address major areas identified at the Genomic Medicine IV meeting that are critical to effective implementation of clinical genomics. Over time, additional project groups have been established. Project groups are proposed by and made up of ISCC members. These groups play a key role in addressing specific needs in genomics education and developing related resources. Examples of resources developed include genomics competencies for healthcare providers and "plug and play" universal genomics education exercises adapted by several organizations and used at their annual meetings.
Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2): an online repository of genomics educational materials, peer-reviewed by and for genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and physicians. To assist in curriculum development, resources are mapped to discipline-specific published genomic competencies.
Global Genetics and Genomics Community (G3C): Genomic healthcare video simulations of unfolding case scenarios. Interview "patients" at your own pace and complete supplemental educational activities; includes assessments and a genomic expert commentary. ISCC has provided input for module development.
"Training Residents in Genomics" (TRIG): To prepare healthcare providers for genomic medicine, this website provides resources for workshops and courses. The "Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit," developed through the ISCC Innovative Approaches Working Group, is available on the website. These exercises can be adapted to almost any medical specialty and workshops have been held at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Heart Association.
Dr. Bruce Korf, Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (G2MC) (March 20, 2017)
Webinars for Health Insurers and Payers: Understanding Genetic Testing
Fourteen webinars produced by volunteer experts in genetic and genomic medicine and testing.
Musunuru K, Haspel RL. Innovative Approaches to Education Working Group of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics. Improving Genomic Literacy Among Cardiovascular Practitioners via a Flipped-Classroom Workshop at a National Meeting. Circ Cardiovasc Genet. 2016 Jun;9(3):287-90. [Full Text]
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. 2014 Nov;16(11):804-9. [Full Text]
Manolio TA, Murray MF. Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics. The growing role of professional societies in educating clinicians in genomics. Genet Med. 2014 Aug;16(8):571-2. [Full Text]
Weitzel, K., Edelman, E., Roberts, R., Korf, B., Murray, M., Messersmith, D., and Jenkins, J. Development of a competency based genomic education resource for physicians. American Society of Human Genetics Abstract and Poster 2015. [Full Text]
"Speaking Genetics: GARD Data Analysis Summary", Prepared for the ISCC Speaking Genetics Working Group. [Full Text]
Case Studies (Retired)
Global Educational Products Working Group (Retired)
Engagement of Specialty Boards (Retired)
Innovative Approaches to Education (Retired)
Insurer Staff Education (Retired)
Speaking Genetics (Retired)
To become a member of ISCC, send your contact information and request for organizational or individual membership to ISCC-NHGRI@nih.gov.
Last Updated: August 21, 2018