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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.

Precision Medicine for Your Practice
The American Medical Association (AMA), in partnership with Scripps Translational Science Institute (Scripps) and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), has developed an online program aimed at educating physicians and other health care professionals on the benefits and limitations of genetic testing and when it is appropriate to incorporate it into their practices. "Precision Medicine For Your Practice" is a series of short (20-30 min), online modules covering specific topics in genomics and precision medicine. Topics will include prenatal testing, targeted therapeutics in oncology, cardio genomics, and neurogenomics. The first module is about expanded carrier screening in prenatal care.

The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2)
The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) is a free, online collection of genomics educational materials for use in the classroom and for self-directed learning. Created by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), G2C2 includes materials appropriate for many health professionals, including physicians, genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacists, and physician assistants. The educational materials are in various formats, including webinars, glossaries, fact sheets, guides and self-study activities, and many allow physicians to earn CME credit.  Several genomics resources developed by the AMA are included in G2C2.

Unlocking Life's Code: Implications for Health Professionals, Faculty, and Interprofessional Educators
In conjunction with the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” the National Human Genome Institute is hosting educational symposia for health professionals on the relevance of genomics to health care and resources for genomics education. All programs will end with a tour of the exhibit. View information about the exhibit, upcoming locations, and register for an upcoming sypmposium.

Family History for Cancer Risk Assessment, Testing and Management
This free, online educational program developed by The Jackson Laboratory helps health care providers improve their cancer risk assessment and prevention practice through targeted family history screening. The program is for practicing primary care providers as well as students and residents. Highlights of the program include: strategies to use family history to identify patients at increased risk of a genetic syndrome, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, for earlier or more frequent cancer screening; application of new USPSTF guidelines recommending family history screening for all patients with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer; learning through 15-minute interactive Web cases and downloadable point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic; and free CME.

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 three year cooperative agreement between the Health Resources & Services Administration Maternal & Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The GPCI provides stakeholders with resources 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.

Pharmacogenomics: Increasing the Safety and Effectiveness of Drug Therapy
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. Download a copy of the brochure.

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.