Karen Hanson - Health Professional Programs Manager

Karen Hanson, Health Professional Education Programs Manager, describes current initiatives and plans.

Mission

To develop and implement genomics education for health professionals that improves the practice of medicine and patient health outcomes.

Background

The ASHG Board of Directors has approved a strategic plan for the Society that prioritizes the education of health professionals who are not genetics specialists. These practitioners span a range from specialists (e.g., cardiology, oncology) to generalists (e.g., primary care) and constitute the vast majority of providers, yet they lack access to quality education that enables them to incorporate the latest advances in genetic risk assessment, testing, and management into their practices. ASHG seeks to remedy this deficiency, with support from its partners in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and diagnostics industries.

Genomic Medicine Education Consortium

ASHG thanks its corporate sponsors for supporting its educational programming for health professionals.

Courses

Genetics in Your Clinic: What You Can and Should Do Now: An ASHG Virtual Meeting (March 22, 2016)

Technical and Validity Measures for NGS Data - Community Tools and Standards (February 24, 2016)

Standardization for NGS Testing - Issues of Clinical Validity and Utility (September 1, 2015)

CME Programs

Prenatal Cell-free DNA Screening Program (August 7, 2017):

  • Module One: Pre-test Visit
  • Module Two: Interpreting Test Results
  • Module Three: Post-test Counseling

Pediatric Genetic Testing Webinar Series:
  • Webinar One: When and How to Test (recorded November 17, 2016)
  • Webinar Two: Testing Methods and Results (recorded January 19, 2017)
  • Webinar Three: Communication and Management (recorded March 16, 2017) 

Cancer Genetics Management in the Primary Care Setting

 

Infographics

Series: Prenatal cfDNA Screening (August 7, 2017)

Series: Pediatric Genetic Testing (March 24, 2015)

Genetically Speaking

ASHG has partnered with ReachMD to develop the interview series Genetically Speaking. These 15-minute interviews feature leading experts in clinical genetics care and research.

Genetic Education Resources for Practitioners

Guide to Interpreting Genomic Reports: A Genomics Toolkit (CSER Consortium; February 2017)
A guide to genomic test results for non-genetics providers.
Click here for a downloadable pdf.

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
ACMG is responsible for providing education, resources and a voice for the medical genetics profession. ACMG also strives to make genetic services available to the public to improve health.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
The NSGC has patient-focused information about genetic counseling, genetic testing, and genetic conditions.

Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG)
APHMG is a group of organizations that promotes health and medical genetics educational programs in North American medical and graduate schools. More than ninety institutions are now official members of the Association.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Public Health Genomics
The CDC website provides a variety of materials and resources on topics in genomics for health professionals and the general public, including information on genomics and disease, family history tools, and a public health genomics knowledge base.

The American Medical Association (AMA)- Genetics and Personalized Medicine
The AMA website provides a wealth of information and resources related to genetics and personalized medicine. These include CME programs, information about the precision medicine initiative, and tools for gathering family history information.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)- AFP by topic, Genetics 
The American Family Physicians Genetics page has a collection of the best content from AFP, as identified by AFP editors on genetics and related issues.

Genetic Alliance: "Understanding Genetics: A Guide for Patients and Professionals"
The Genetic Alliance (a non-profit organization that supports genetics policy and advocacy efforts) created an online guide to understanding genetics that covers basic scientific concepts and provides information about diagnoses of genetic conditions, family-history gathering, newborn screening, genetic counseling and genetic testing types and applications.

The Jackson Laboratory Clinical and Continuing Education in Genomics
A collection of educational programs addressing specific knowledge gaps or barriers to integrating genomics into clinical practice, including courses, education on specific clinical topics and educational materials from the National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG).

The Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI)
This website contains practical tools for integrating genetics into clinical practice, as well as resources for patients and their families.

Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2)
This website contains genomics educational materials for clinical practice or the classroom. The resources are organized by discipline and are curated. The mission of G2C2 is to provide high quality educational resources for group instruction or self-directed learning in genetics/genomics by health care educators and practitioners.

Global Genetics and Genomics Community (G3C)
A collection of interactive cases that demonstrate how genetics and genomics link to health and illness. CME and CNE credits are available.

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)
Established by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), GARD employs experienced information specialists to answer questions from the general public – including patients and their families, health care professionals, and biomedical researchers.

Genetics Home Reference at the National Library of Medicine
An online guide to understanding genetic conditions that provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

GeneReviews
An international point-of-care resource for clinicians providing clinically relevant and medically actionable information for inherited conditions covering diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling information.

March of Dimes: Medical resources
The resources on this website provide information about preconception health, prematurity, newborn screening, and other topics related to newborn health, as well as information about prenatal testing and specific birth defects.

Pharmacogenetics
Pharmacogenetics: Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium Guidelines

Clinical Practice
Practice Guidelines and Policy Statements from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)

Cancer Genetics
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) - Hereditary cancer syndromes

Genetics in Healthcare Practice - Policy Statements
American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Genome Statute and Legislation Database at the National Human Genome Research Institute
Updated monthly and searchable by year, topic and/or state

Genomic testing and laboratory applications
Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
Link to locating a genetic counselor

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
A search engine for finding medical genetics clinical services

International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG)
A global nursing specialty membership organization for nurses with a special interest in genetics and genomics

GeneTests
This site has both an international genetics clinic directory and a genetics professionals directory.

Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC)
This independent, non-profit group works to advance the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine for the ultimate benefit of patients.

FDA: Table of Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers in Drug Labeling
A list of FDA-approved drugs with pharmacogenomic information in their labeling

The Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PharmGKB)
A comprehensive resource the curates knowledge about the impact of genetic variation on drug response for clinicians and researchers.

GeneTests
A resource for genetic testing searchable by disorder, gene, test, and/or laboratory. Includes a list of genetics clinics.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
A comprehensive compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes.

GTR: Genetic test registry
Housed at NCBI, a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. Includes test's purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of test's usefulness and laboratory contacts and credentials.

U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
This site features disease-specific health risk fact sheets written specifically for primary care physicians, which encourage physicians to discuss family history information with their patients, as well as the Surgeon General's Family Health Portrait Tool to collect information from patients.

Genetic Alliance: "Does it Run in the Family?" Toolkit
This toolkit allows users to create tailored family health history tools, with the goal of promoting conversations about health within the family and translating knowledge of family health history into healthy choices.

American Society of Human Genetics Blog

Genetics and Health Impact Blog (CDC)
Comments from a public health perspective on genomic research and programs conducted by the CDC and other institutions around the world

DNA Science Blog: Genetics in Context (PLOS)
Geneticist blogs from the cutting edge in genomics, including genetic testing, stem cells, gene therapy and genetic disorders

National Society of Genetic Counselors Blog
This blog provides easy-to-understand information about current topics in genetic testing

Genetics in Medicine GENEPOD
Podcast from the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

Naked Genetics
Podcasts from the Naked Scientists (University of Cambridge)

DNA Today Podcast
A genetics radio show and podcast to educate the public on genetic and public health topics