The Genomics Era: new course on the future of genetics in medicine

Starting on 9th November 2015, St George’s University is once again running its popular five-week online course in genomics

In collaboration with Health Education England and FutureLearn, St George’s University Hospitals NHSFT (part of South London GMC) is once again running its free online course: The Genomics Era – the Future of Genetics in Medicine. The five-week course first ran in June 2015, attracted more than 6,000 participants and received excellent feedback. It is one of the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) hosted by FutureLearn to have been accredited for CPD, with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Children’s Health having approved it for 10 CPD points. Reflecting the fact that the course is designed for all healthcare practitioners, and to encourage more to join the course, CPD accreditation is also been sought from the other Royal Colleges.

This interactive course allows learners to understand how genomics is transforming the practice of medicine, and how recent advances in genomic technologies will impact on clinical practice, as well as preparing those in the health service for the integration of genomics into healthcare.

Led by Dr Kate Tatton-Brown, the course has been developed by a team of experts in clinical genetics and education at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St George’s, University of London, and with input from members of HEE’s Genomics Education Programme.

Enrolment is free and the course is open to all, but has been developed with healthcare professionals in mind. The course features a mix of textual content, video, animation, infographics and discussion forums to encourage interaction.

During the course, a new set of themed resources is made available each Monday for learners to read, watch or comment on within the FutureLearn platform. The first week covers the basics of genetics and DNA, including genetic variation and disease.

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