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Healthcare Provider Genomics Education Resources

Healthcare providers (HCPs) will increasingly use knowledge about genomics to meet the needs of their patients. This page provides resources targeted to HCPs and their educators. 

Healthcare Professionals' Genomics Education Week
Building on the success of the 2021 social media campaign, NHGRI is planning another event from June 6-10, 2022, focusing on healthcare provider genomics education resource dissemination.

For Healthcare Providers

These resources can be used in the clinical setting, both for the non-genetics and genetics provider.

  • Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) 
    Healthcare providers, educators and society representatives furthering professional genomics education through in-person gatherings and regular calls.
  • Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing FAQ for Healthcare Professionals
    The Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing (DTC-GT) Project Group of the ISCC-PEG has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource designed for the general clinician who may see patients requesting guidance on DTC-GT. This FAQ is intended to help healthcare professionals understand the diverse landscape of DTC-GT, the benefits and limitations of these tests and how results of DTC-GT may affect their patients’ health, wellness and medical decision making.
  • Method for Introducing a New Competency: Genomics (MINC) 
    Toolkit for integrating genomics into clinical practice.
  • My Family Health Portrait 
    Web-based tool to create a family pedigree with health information for patients and their providers to identify patterns of inheritance and identify risk factors.
  • Guide to Interpreting Genomic Reports: A Genomics Toolkit (CSER Consortium; February 2017) 
    Guide for non-genetics practitioners to explain the different types of data found in whole genome sequencing or whole exome sequencing test reports, created by the Practitioner Education Working Group of the NHGRI Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research consortium. It explains different categories in the test report (diagnostic, incidental or carrier) and provides next steps. There is also an embedded glossary of genomic terms.
  • Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) 
    Resource that collects phenotypic and clinical information on variants across the genome, develops consensus approaches to identifying their clinical relevance and disseminates this information to researchers and clinicians. It will advance genomics in clinical care and improve our understanding of the phenotypic and functional effects of genetic variants and their clinical value.
  • Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC®) 
    An international consortium facilitating use of pharmacogenetic tests for patient care. CPIC’s goal is to address the difficulty in translating genetic laboratory test results into actionable prescribing decisions for affected drugs by creating, curating and posting freely available, peer-reviewed, evidence-based, updatable and detailed gene/drug clinical practice guidelines.

For Educators of Healthcare Providers

These resources include professional genomic competencies required for specific disciplines and teaching resources for the virtual or in-person classroom.

Discipline-specific guidance and resources for genomics educators

Nursing and Physician Assistants
  • Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, and Outcome Indicators, 2nd Edition - 2009
    Establishes the minimum basis with which to prepare the nursing workforce to deliver competent genetic and genomic focused nursing case. Additionally, defines for each competency the essential knowledge elements and suggested practice indicators.
  • Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses with Graduate Degrees - September 2011
    This document provides the essential genetic and genomic competencies for nurses prepared at the graduate level. These competencies apply to any graduate level nurse including but not limited to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and nurse scientists. The APRN role has a different legal scope of practice so some competencies have been identified as unique to APRNs. These competencies assume that nurses with graduate degrees have already achieved core competencies provided in the Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines and Outcome Indicators (Consensus Panel, 2009). 
  • Genomic Nursing Competency Implementation Strategic Plan
    Options, opportunities, strategies, partners and collaborators that will result in improved health of the public with awareness and use of genomics by nursing.
  • A Blueprint for Genomic Nursing Science
    Provides the framework for furthering genomic nursing science to improve health outcomes and targets research to build the evidence base to inform integration of genomics into nursing practice and regulation.
  • Genomic Nursing Science Blueprint: Next Steps Meeting Summary and Notes
    Provides insights regarding identified researcher resources and gaps, exemplar models to be considered as a framework to support research, and platform options for promotion of genomic nursing research and collaboration.
  • Summer Genetics Institute (SGI)
    A one-month intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sponsored by the National Institute of Nursing Research, that provides a foundation in molecular genetics for use in research and clinical practice.
  • Physician Assistants and Genomic Medicine Meeting Summary
    The goals of this meeting were to share genetic and genomic information, identify gaps and how to close them, discuss education of physician assistants in genomics for healthcare, and plan next steps.

For Other Professionals Related to Genomic Healthcare

Last updated: May 4, 2022