Journal article

The development of core learning outcomes relevant to clinical practice: identifying priority areas for genetics education for non-genetics specialist registrars

Sarah Burke, Melissa Martyn, Hywel Thomas, Peter Farndon

Clinical Medicine | ROY COLL PHYS LONDON EDITORIAL OFFICE | Published : 2009


Advances in medical genetics are increasingly impacting on clinical practice outside specialist genetic services. It is widely acknowledged that physicians will need to use genetics knowledge and skills in order to incorporate these advances into patient care. In order to determine priority areas for genetics education for non-genetics specialist registrars, an educational needs assessment was undertaken. Consultants from cardiology, dermatology, neurology and genetics identified genetics knowledge, skills and attitudes required by non-genetics specialty trainees. From these, and informed by trainees' views of genetic education, six genetics learning outcomes that non-genetics medical specia..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all those involved in the Delphi process and the trainees involved in group interviews. The project to identify core genetic knowledge, skills and attitudes was funded by the Department of Health (DH) and conducted by the Centre for Research in Medical and Dental Education at the University of Birmingham and by the Centre for Education in Medical Genetics at Birmingham Women's Hospital. The development of core learning outcomes was conducted by the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre, which is funded by the DH and Welsh Assembly Government.