Course Goals

  • Understand the importance of genomics in medicine and the role of family health history, including implications for patient testing and counseling
  • Learn practical foundations related to the molecular basis of genetic diseases, testing methodologies, and considerations for selecting and interpreting genetic test results
  • Explore common and emerging applications of genetic testing and screening across multiple specialties and primary care
  • Consider ethical, legal, and social issues that have shaped existing practices, and also spark current debates in genomic medicine

Genomics is a rapidly expanding field, with new research and applications branching into nearly every clinical specialty. Our Genomic Medicine in Clinical Practice course aims to equip healthcare professionals, researchers, and medical students who are interested in learning more about the current and future applications of genomic medicine. Our esteemed faculty of clinical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, and subspecialists will lead participants through instructional videos, practical exercises, discussion board activities, and assessments. This content will explore family history collection and interpretation, fundamental genetic variations, laboratory selection and report analysis, indication-based and preventive testing options, and the ethical, legal, and cultural issues underpinning the field.

Session dates

September 28 – December 30, 2022

Time commitment

Six self-paced online modules which include video, participant discussions, and course activities over three months.

Application due

September 26, 2022

Audience

  • Existing healthcare professionals and investigators who would like to integrate genomics approaches into their research and clinical practice
  • Professionals from other disciplines who wish to gain a better appreciation of how genomics is utilized in clinical medicine
  • Students hoping to explore healthcare as a career and integrate genomics in future practice

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.

Eligibility

  • MPH, MD, PhD, DMD, Pharm. D, BSN, or equivalent clinical training or health sciences degree
  • Bachelor’s degree with interest in clinical genetics and/or interest in pursuing medical education
  • Some background experience in the biological sciences will be helpful

Fee

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The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.

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