Integrating Genomics into Accredited CME

September 26, 2013
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Tamar Hosansky

NIH Initiative to Improve Integration of Genomics into Health Practice

The ACCME is continuing its ongoing support of the initiative led by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ practice. In January, the ACCME participated in the Genomic Medicine IV: Physician Education in Genomics conference. As an outcome of the conference, the NHGRI formed the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC) to “improve the genomics literacy of physicians and other practitioners and to enhance the practice of genomic medicine through the sharing of educational approaches and the joint identification of educational needs.” The ACCME is a member of the ISCC.

The ACCME convened a conference call with accredited providers in May to discuss opportunities for accredited CME to support the initiative. The ACCME participated in a meeting of the ISCC held in June by webinar. Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, discussed how the ACCME can support efforts to integrate genomics into accredited CME and help to raise awareness about genomics-related CME initiatives. Leslie Howell, Director, Educational Services, Pennsylvania Medical Society, also participated on behalf of the ACCME.