Why genomics education matters
Genomics is important in every area of clinical medicine. It underpins personalised medicine, enabling a more precise molecular diagnosis which can transform prognosis and therapy. In rare disease it can ensure that affected family members can also receive care; in more common disease it helps identify important inherited disease subsets such as familial hypercholesterolaemia; in cancer, genetic profiling of tumours can guide drug choice; and in many clinical areas pharmacogenetic testing can help clinicians avoid adverse drug reactions in their patients.
The education of physicians and other health professionals to fully use genomics in their practice, whether as a generalist or a sub-specialist, is of prime importance... (2012)
Sir Richard Thompson, President, Royal College of Physicians
Report: Genomics in mainstream clinical pathways
Genomics in mainstream clinical pathways, sets out the findings from our stakeholder summit on implementing genomics into the NHS. We urge further support for clinicians is essential for success of genomic medicine.
We provided a forum for mainstream clinicians and clinical genetic scientists to engage in constuctive dialogue in order to develop principles for the practice of mainstream genomic medicine
Genomics education for medical professionals – the current UK landscape by Ingrid Slade, Deepak Subramanian and Hilary Burton is published in Clinical Medicine
We submit our report: A conversation with clinicians: shaping the implementation of genomics in mainstream medicine to Genomics England to inform their Genomics Conversations Overview
We hold our joint event with Genomics England: Conversation with clinicians
An article by Ingrid Slade and Hilary Burton Preparing clinicians for genomic medicine is published in Postgraduate Medical Journal
We present the findings of an expert meeting organised by the JCGM in conjunction with the PHG Foundation and the National Genetics Education and Development Centre, in Genomics in Medicine
In Genetics in Mainstream Medicine, we set out a new strategy for the use of genomic knowledge and technologies in different clinical specialties
The results of our work on services for inherited cardiovascular conditions are published in our landmark report Heart to Heart: inherited cardiovascular conditions services
We publish Genetic ophthalmology in focus
What we are doing
PHG Foundation has an established track record in promoting genomic medicine throughout mainstream clinical practice. In 2011 we published a strategy for the most effective use of genomic knowledge and technologies in different clinical specialties. Our report Genetics and Mainstream Medicine led to a specialised workshop organised by the Joint Committee on Medical Genetics in conjunction with the PHG Foundation and the National Genetics Education and Development Centre. The findings of this expert meeting are set out in the 2012 report Genomics in Medicine, which pointed the way forward for effective integration of genomic medicine across the whole NHS.
PHG Foundation’s Dr Hilary Burton sits on the Genomics in Mainstream Medicine Working Group, a group set up in 2014 to link the Royal Colleges and promote genomics in professional education programmes.
For more information about this project please contact Dr Hilary Burton.