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We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making

Abstract

The intersections of genetics and health now include precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing. This class will focus on the information needs of clinicians who are incorporating genetic information into their practice, as well as the information needs of consumers who are making sense of genetic information as it relates to their health. We will

  1. describe uses of genetic information in health care;
  2. discuss challenges facing clinicians, consumers, and librarians working with rapidly changing genetic information;
  3. provide an introduction to selected genomic medicine resources; and
  4. give participants experience using NCBI genomic medicine resources to answer clinically-oriented questions.

The course will be suitable for librarians from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are relatively unfamiliar with genetics and genetics resources.
The class is offered in-person and is also available in Moodle with a webinar portion.

Class Outline

In-Person 

  • (5 minutes) Introductions and objectives
  • (15 minutes) Pre-test
  • (20 minutes) Overview: history and science of genetics and health; uses of genetic information in healthcare
  • (25 minutes) Genetic information resources
  • (15 minutes) Break
  • (45 minutes) Hands on exercises and discussion
  • (35 minutes) Consumer side of genetic medicine
  • (10 minutes) Post-test
  • (10 minutes) Discussion time

Course Materials

way_past_peas.pdf | geneticresources.docx | consumer_genetics.pdf 

Objectives: 
  • Learn some ways that genetic information is used in healthcare
  • Become familiar with NCBI genomic medicine resources
  • Practice finding information to address genetic questions
  • Become aware of consumer concerns regarding genomic medicine as well as quality resources consumers can utilize
Class Length: 
3 - 4 hours
Course Developer(s):
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Instructor(s):
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:

Approved for 3-4 MLA CE credits

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