NHGRI Launches Online Genomics Center for Educators of Nurses, Physician Assistants
To address the growing need for genetic and genomic knowledge among health care professionals, the NHGRI launched an online tool to help educate the next generation of nurses and physician assistants about this new frontier.
Akinso: The National Human Genome Research Institute has launched an online tool to help educators teach the next generation of nurses and physician assistants about genetics and genomics. Dr. Jean Jenkins, NHGRI's senior clinical advisor to the director, says this tool is part of NHGRI's effort to address the need among health care professionals for knowledge in this area.
Jenkins: We worked to design the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center, we call G2C2. It's a free web-based collection of materials on genetics and genomics. And it's been developed to facilitate the educator’s ability to find resources and curricular material with which to teach genetics and genomics to nurses and physician assistant students.
Akinso: Nursing and physician assistant educators can use the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center to find and download materials for their classrooms according to Dr. Jenkins.
Jenkins: Educators can browse disciplines specific libraries to find learning resources and curricular materials in varied formats. And the library currently includes things like websites, and web modules that might include information about genetics and genomics of value to educator. Course information, books, articles, power point presentations and other curricular material that has been peer reviewed and found to be a value for the education of nursing and or physician assistant students.
Akinso: Dr. Jenkins hopes that this tool expands to include other health care professions, such as pharmacists and physicians.
Jenkins: G2C2 is a resource that as we enter the era of personalized medicine, establishing genetic and genomic literacy is an urgent concern for those who educate health professionals. And we hope that this online resource will provide a valuable new tool for meeting that challenge.
Akinso: To access this resource, visit www.g-2-c-2.org. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Jean Jenkins
Topic: Genomics, genetics, Physician assistants, Nurses