Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers release genomics education guide

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

A team of researchers released a free guide, called the "Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit," to educate clinicians across medical specialties about genomic medicine, Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced Dec. 4.

The team — led by Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD, a pathologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an associate professor of pathology at Boston-based Harvard Medical School — developed the online handbook and toolkit in collaboration with the Intersociety Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics under a National Institutes of Health grant .

The handbook and toolkit were adapted from a genomic pathology curriculum created at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Its curriculum includes presentations and handouts related to single gene testing, multigene assays, whole-exome sequencing and polygenic disease testing and pharmacogenomics for various medical specialties.

"Genomics has transformed medicine over the last decade," Dr. Haspel said. "As almost every physician will have to manage issues related to genomic testing, it is critical that they have some knowledge in this area."

To access the genomics resource, click here.

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