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Education and Research

AMA Science brings together a variety of resources for physicians and scientists to learn about and discuss the rapidly changing field of genetics and molecular medicine.

Improve your ability to identify patients at high risk for colorectal cancer
The AMA has collaborated with the National Coalition for Health Care Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) to develop a Web-based educational program designed to improve the primary care physician's (and other health care providers') skills at assessing risk, genetic testing, risk communication and counseling, and surveillance for hereditary colorectal cancer. The course is available in both enduring and performance improvement formats, and CME credit is available to those who complete the course. For more information, please visit the NCHPEG Web page.

Family History for Prenatal Providers
To address family history collection, interpretation, and application in busy primary care practices, NCHPEG collaborated with several other groups to develop and evaluate a novel family history tool that focuses on prenatal and neonatal health. The tool helps to improve health outcomes for the female patient, fetus, and family by providing clinical decision support and educational resources for risk assessment based on family history.

Genetics in Primary Care Institute 
The Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI) is a 3 year cooperative agreement between the Health Resources & Services Administration Maternal & Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  The GPCI holds regular webinars that provide stakeholders with information for better understanding of the relevance of genetic medicine to primary care, increase awareness and education regarding the provision of genetic medicine in primary care, improve health care providers' understanding of their roles and the roles of others related to the provision of genetic medicine in primary care settings.  View the webinar schedule.

The AMA, in collaboration with the Critical Path Institute and the Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics have developed a brochure summarizing pharmacogenomics using a case-based format. To request hard copies of the brochure, email pharmacogenomics@ama-assn.org.

Genetics and Common Disorders: Implications for Primary Care and Public Health Providers 
This CD-ROM program, available from the AMA, focuses on the genetics of common disorders using broad genetic principles and is intended for physicians interested in the significant role of genetics in primary care and public health.

National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)
Information about the organization co-founded by the AMA that aims to promote health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics.

Family history tools
A collection of educational tools and forms generated by the AMA to help physicians gather comprehensive family histories from patients.

Atlas of the body
The AMA website has anatomy charts available for viewing. This site has medical illustrations of the nervous, skeletal, circulatory, reproductive, digestive, endocrine and respiratory systems along with disease explanations for stroke and breast disorders.