Genetic Literacy and Competency
Advancements in genetics and genomics exceed the pace of educating emerging and practicing health professionals. The focus of genetic medicine in primary care has shifted from a focus on rare, single-gene disorders to genome-wide thinking.
Pediatric primary care providers must become “genetically literate”, simply stated this would allow the provider to understand their role in the identification of patients that may have a health problem with an underlying genetic component and the appropriate care and management of such patients.
The education of medical professionals is a spectrum, beginning with primary and secondary school education, continuing through undergraduate education, and then through medical school, residency, and postgraduate education. Competencies in genetics and genomics have been considered for all of these levels, and can help inform efforts to define competencies and skills relevant to pediatrics.
Updated in 2007, this resource outlines the knowledge and skills that all health-care professionals should have surrounding genetics and genomics. Each area of competency contains educational information on programs and case studies to enhance understanding.
NCHPEG developed a set of principles that are intended to guide educational efforts that address the expansion of genetics and genomics into the realm of common complex diseases. The principles were adapted from: “A Framework for Genetics and Complex Disease,” with permission of the Foundation for Genetic Education and Counseling.
The information in this Web site is intended for educational purposes and has not been endorsed by the Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The content is not intended to serve as formal guidelines for clinical practice nor as approved or recommended approaches for diagnosis or treatment of disease.
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