The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC) formed in February 2013 from the Genomic Medicine IV meeting to improve genomic literacy of physicians and other practitioners and to enhance the practice of genomic medicine through sharing of educational approaches and joint identification of educational needs. The group facilitates interactions among medical professional societies and the NIH Institutes & Centers to exchange practices and resources in genomic education and clinical care. By identifying needs of societies and clinicians in filling in gaps in evidence and knowledge and in providing effective educational efforts, the ISCC offers partnership and available expertise to these societies to guide development of educational initiatives and applications for clinically relevant advances in genomic science. Incremental evolution in identification of relevant sequence variation will permit gradual expansion of practitioners' knowledge and practice in applying genomics to clinical care.
For more information on the ISCC and its mission, refer to the following ISCC Description
The ISCC brings together representatives from medical professional societies, NIH Institutes & Centers (ICs), and the NHGRI Genomic Medicine Working Group. The ISCC is co-chaired by an NIH official and an external member.
Richard Haspel, M.D., Ph.D. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
Teri Manolio, M.D., Ph.D. (National Human Genome Research Institute)
Donna Messersmith, Ph.D. (National Human Genome Research Institute)
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. Each working group plays a key role in engaging medical professional societies, collecting and reviewing existing specialty-specific educational products and competencies, and proposing strategies for establishing cross-specialty standards for resident training and practicing physician education programs in genomic-based medicine. Additional working groups have since formed around key issues in genomic medicine education.
Building Bridges (Michael Dougherty, Chair)
Case Studies (Retired)
Educational Products (Thomas Schultz and Donna Messersmith, Co-Chairs)
Engagement of Specialty Boards
Innovative Approaches to Education (Richard Haspel and Teri Manolio, Co-Chairs)
Insurer Staff Education (Retired)
Webinars for Health Insurers and Payers: Understanding Genetic Testing
Twelve monthly live webinars produced by volunteer experts in genetic and genomic medicine and testing. Each session was recorded by the association and is now made publicly available at no cost here.
Speaking Genetics (Retired)
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, 9(3):287-90. 2016. [Full Text]
Competencies in Genomic Medicine, Korf et al. 2014
Development of a Competency-Based Genomic Education Resource for Physicians, Weitzel et al. 2015
The growing role of professional societies in educating clinicians in genomics, Manolio and Murray 2014 [nature.com]
Donna Messersmith, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute
Last Updated: June 27, 2017