The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a free web tool to support nurse and physician assistant education on genetics and genomics: The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2).
The new resource was unveiled at the 2010 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Education Conference in New Orleans.
Developed by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville through a contract with NJGRI, the new Center (G2C2) is a repository for curriculum materials on genetics and genomics designed for educators who train nurses and physician assistants. It includes competency guidelines and materials to support those competencies.
Nursing and physician assistant educators may search and download from the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center freely, though it does require a one-time registration. Registered users are also encouraged to share their favourite genomic and genetic teaching resources and materials with other educators by uploading material. All new material is regularly reviewed by the Center’s editorial board to ensure quality control.
The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center was created under the guidance of an advisory group made up of representatives from a wide range of research and professional organisations. In addition to AACN, participating organisations included the American Academy of Physician Assistants, National Cancer Institute, National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, National League for Nursing, National Society of Genetic Counselors, Physician Assistant Education Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.
According to the statement on the Center’s website, “The goal of this Genetics/Genomics Competency Center is to provide healthcare professionals with a learning management system, based on a core set of competencies that organizes genetic/genomic educational materials, and streamlines and facilitates standardized curriculum development. Further, this type of learning management system might be used to enhance efforts to develop trans-disciplinary approaches to genetics/genomics education. ”
Visit The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2).