Genomics Medicine Conference Highlights Physician Education

February 28, 2013
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Tamar Hosansky

NIH Genomics Meeting Discusses Role of CME and GME in Advancing Physician Practice

The National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, convened “Genomic Medicine IV: Physician Education in Genomics” in January in Dallas. One of the goals of the conference was to identify ongoing efforts and needs related to physician education in genomics.

Mira Irons, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Genetics, Boston Children’s Hospital; and member, ACCME Board of Directors, gave a presentation explaining that genomics education must move beyond general rules and principles and focus on providing physicians with relevant, practical information about how genomics applies to their scope of practice and their patients.

The ACCME and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) were invited to discuss the roles of CME and GME in the medical education continuum. Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, CEO, ACGME, addressed the importance of a multipronged approach to genomics education, which encompasses developing clinical proficiency in genomics in each specialty and includes practitioners and faculty. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system and the role of accredited CME as a strategic partner in efforts to advance physician education and practice related to genomics. He explained how information about physician practice informs the medical education continuum, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.

More information about the conference, including links to presentation slides and videos, is available here.