Preparing Healthcare Providers for Genomic Medicine

Now available: Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit

TRIG and ISCC have developed resources to assist educators in teaching genomic medicine to health care providers.

Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructor Materials

The TRIG Working Group Resident Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructor Handbook and Toolkit provides the materials and guidance needed to implement a structured and field-tested introductory resident genomic pathology curriculum. Released in 2014, the curriculum consists of approximately seven hours of instruction and uses a flipped classroom and team-based learning approach. The instructor leading this workshop does not need to be an expert in genomic pathology, however; a strong background in molecular pathology is recommended.

Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit – NEW!

The Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit, released in 2017, was adapted from the Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructor Materials and is designed as a template to allow the user extensive customization to meet the unique needs of their specialty. It consists of a Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook containing four “universal exercises,” adaptable for use in almost any specialty, in the areas of single gene testing, use of multigene assays, whole-exome sequencing, and polygenic testing/pharmacogenomics. Of note, this last exercise (recognizing additional needs beyond that of the TRIG curriculum) includes pharmacogenomics data and genome-wide association studies (GWAS). The exercises are in a “plug-and-play” format in which diseases and genes can be added to allow specialty-specific customization. There is also a Universal Genomics Toolkit containings examples of how the curriculum has been adapted to cardiology, neurology, and ophthalmology audiences.

Online Genomic Pathology Modules

A series of online modules have been created to simulate a team-based learning (TBL) experience offered at the in-person workshops. Released in 2016, the four core areas of the TRIG Working Group curriculum are covered: single gene testing; prognostic gene panel testing; design of a multigene assay and whole exome sequencing. Following introductory information providing the curricular framework, each of the four core modules consist of the following components

  • An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute interactive PowerPoint lecture that allows the participant to answer preparation questions and review content needed to undertake the TBL activity.
  • A 30-45 minute activity simulating the TBL environment. The participant answers questions with their “team” and learns, through guided simulation, the use of online genomics tools.
  • An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute PowerPoint lecture presenting answers to the activity questions. At the end of the final module there is also a summary of the key concepts and a short review of non-oncology genomic testing.

These modules were highly reviewed during the piloting process as an enjoyable educational experience that successfully translates the in-person workshop to the virtual environment.

Please note that these materials are not specifically endorsed by any of the cooperating organizations listed on the website.