Genomic testing for rare disease: Learn with the experts

Join a new cohort of learners supported by expert mentors on the latest run of the National Genomics Education programme’s popular course

Are you one of the many clinicians looking to familiarise yourself with how to request genomic testing through the National Genomic Test Directory? The National Genomics Education programme are running a free two-week online course which offers a practical guide to the genomic testing process for rare disease.

During the course, learners will develop an understanding of the different types of genomic testing for rare disease – from single gene tests to whole genome sequencing – and walk through the application of this testing in clinical practice. Content is delivered in a dynamic and diverse suite of ‘steps’, including articles, infographics, animations, and video interviews with both clinicians and patients.

A mentored journey

What’s more, those joining the course won’t be learning alone. Starting on Monday 2 October, learners will be joined by a team of expert mentors who will be on hand to answer questions, respond to comments and provide support across the entire run. Each ‘step’ of the course has a dedicated area for comments where conversations about the content are encouraged, and mentors will routinely monitor and engage with the discussion.

Live webinar for learners

In addition to support from mentors during the course, common themes from questions asked across the course will be compiled, and posed to an expert panel in a special, one-off webinar that will take place on Friday 20 October from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

The panel will include consultant clinical geneticist Dr Phil Ostrowski, and genetic counsellor Heidy Brandon. More information about how to sign up for this webinar will be made available soon, and links will be available within the course.

For more details about the course or to sign up, please visit the course page.