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St. George School Online Course On Genomics & Healthcare

This session St. George School of University of London will be offering an open online version of course, ‘The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine.’ This course is intended for current healthcare professionals, who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of genetics and how genomic technologies are transforming medical practice.

This free online course will help you to learn about the growing role of genomics in healthcare, for patient diagnoses and treatment. The course starts on November 9, 2015.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort:  2 hours pw
Subject: Genomics & Healthcare
Institution: St. George School of University of London and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on November 9, 2015

Providers’ Details

St. George School of University of London and FutureLearn are offering this online course on Genomics in association with St. George’s University Hospitals and NHS Health Education England. St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

The university provides a world-class multi-professional health sciences education that equips graduates to meet today’s healthcare needs through relevant scientific research, clinical excellence, strong interpersonal skills and team-based working. Sharing a clinical environment with a major London teaching hospital, its innovative approach to education results in well-rounded, highly skilled clinicians, scientists, and health and social care professionals.

FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

Over the last decade, the landscape of genomic medicine has been revolutionised by next generation sequencing technologies. In the past, genetic testing was limited to sequencing one gene at a time. However, next generation sequencing technologies permit the parallel sequencing of many or all genes.

While these new technologies have greatly enhanced the chances of diagnosis for rare conditions; are beginning to provide a real chance of personalised medicine; and, in time, are likely to improve our understanding and treatment of complex disease, they are also associated with a number of challenges.

This free online course will provide healthcare professionals with a basic grounding in genomic medicine. It will introduce you to the new genomic technologies that are revolutionising medicine and will, in time, provide the mainstay of patient diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.

Why Take This Course?

This course will also give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. Applicants will learn learn with experts in clinical genetics and education.

This course has been approved for Distance Learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The RCPCH has approved this distance learning product from 09 October 2015 to 09 October 2017 for a total of 10 CPD credits, in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

A breakdown of CPD credits available per module is listed within the resource and is available from the provider.

This course will give you an awareness of genomic technologies and the data they generate. With ready access to genomic data promised by NHS transformational initiatives such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, genomic data will be integral to all sectors of medicine and will be used in the prevention, diagnosis and personalised treatment of human disease.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will learn about the role of clinical geneticists. As clinical geneticists, who undertake diagnosis and care of patients with genetic conditions on a regular basis, the course educators are able to explain the role of novel technologies, and explore how the technologies – and the data they generate – are relevant to clinical practice both now and in the future. They will have information of new genomic technologies that are revolutionising medicine and will get the mainstay of patient diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.

 Instructors

– Kate Tatton-Brown
Lead educator
Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer
Clinical Genetics
St George’s University Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust & The Institute Of Cancer Research

– Katie Snape
Educator
consultant cancer geneticist
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

– Shereen Tadros
Educator
?Registrar in Clinical Genetics
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Requirements

This course is aimed at current healthcare professionals, who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of genetics and how genomic technologies are transforming medical practice.

It is not essential to have previous genetic knowledge or experience, although medical terminology is used and the course is designed to be applicable to clinical practice.

 How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link.
  2. Sign Up At FutureLearn
  3. Select a course and Join
  4. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  5. After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  6. Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  7. On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)). 

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