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Join in with the month of genomics

Announcing an innovative new collaboration aimed at increasing awareness of genomics and understanding of its relevance to clinical care

As genomics becomes increasingly integrated into many areas of mainstream healthcare, an ever-growing number of health professionals will need some understanding of how it applies to their own practice and what it means for those in their care.

In order to raise awareness of genomics among some of these professional groups, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has launched an innovative new collaboration with three Royal Colleges, each of whom will host a ‘month of genomics’ campaign in 2023. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health (RCPCH), with funding from the GEP, will each create, host and share a range of genomics-themed activities with their members, with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of the relevance of genomics to their role.

Education and training resources

The RCPCH, working closely with the RCM, will launch its campaign in March with a new genomics webpage. Other resources and activities include a vlog featuring RCPCH president Dr Camilla Kingdon and webinars focusing on education and training, genetic testing and the Newborn Genomes Programme.

In addition, the GEP has launched a new educational webpage specifically for paediatricians, developed in partnership with the RCPCH. Genomics in Paediatrics is designed to provide paediatricians with a broad understanding of genomics and its relevance to their roles. The page includes a host of educational tools, insightful case studies and additional resources to help paediatricians learn more about genomics in their practice

Hybrid learning

The RCOG launched their campaign at the end of February with a hybrid study day to increase awareness and understanding of genomics in obstetrics and gynaecology. Further activities are planned for the coming months, including a series of podcasts.

You can keep up to date with upcoming activities on the RCOG and RCPCH genomics webpages, as well as via our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.