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NHGRI Offers Free Genomics Resources Online

July 12, 2017

NHGRI Offers Free Genomics Resources Online


The evolution of precision medicine from research to clinical care seems to be accelerating. Indeed, recent events herald this, such as the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative followed by passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. Yet we must further develop and implement interprofessional education and training programs that focus on precision medicine. But where should we start? As Lao Tzu opined centuries ago, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Establishing competencies is a good first step in preparing the health care workforce of tomorrow.


The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC) of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has developed a Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) website that offers free genetics and genomics resources that can be used in the classroom and clinic. Intended to be interprofessional in focus, competencies have been developed for pharmacists, nurses, genetic counselors, physicians, physician assistants. Recently, the ISCC enhanced its efforts by engaging professional societies to review and promote the developed competencies, meant to address the growing need for genomics knowledge.


“G2C2 will be continually updated with new resources for health care professionals,” said Donna Messersmith, Ph.D., a health policy analyst with NHGRI’s Genomic Healthcare Branch, which created the G2C2 website. “Our goal now is to provide easy access to genomic resources produced by professional societies in different fields of expertise.”


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