Physician e-learning module created to help integrate genomics into clinical care

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is lauching a new electronic learning module to help bring genomics to the clinic.
30 November 2018

The applications of genomics in healthcare are rapidly growing, but many doctors do not have training in this emerging field.

The Garvan’s Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) has developed a free e-learning module in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) to introduce physicians to clinical genomics. This includes case studies, quizzes, interactive tools and video interviews.

It draws upon expertise from Garvan genomics teams and a working group appointed by the RACP, including genetic and non-genetic specialists and members from the Human Genetics Society of Australasia’s (HGSA) clinical geneticist, genetic counsellor and laboratory scientist special interest groups.

Physicians have many important roles in clinical genomics including identifying when patients may benefit from genomic testing, discussing testing and results with patients, working with laboratories, and acting on results.

The module is based on extensive scoping of the knowledge and skills required for physicians to take up these roles safely and effectively. They complement existing resources and align with genetics and genomics competencies developed internationally.

The KCCG will also be evaluating the module’s impact on physicians’ confidence in engaging with clinical genomics to inform future resources in this rapidly-moving field.

Philanthropic funding from The Kinghorn Foundation has enabled KCCG to develop and evaluate this foundational resource.

‘Clinical Genomics for Physicians’ is hosted on the RACP’s e-learning platform and is free after registration.