NCHPEG's 14th Annual Meeting, held 26, 27 September 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland, was an exploration of evidenced-based approaches to and evaluation of genetics and genomics education. Ninety-one attendees attended, including representatives from 36 NCHPEG member organizations. Attendees came from diverse clinical, research, policy, and advocacy backgrounds, including nurses, physicians, physician assistants, genetics professionals, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, medical educators, representatives from the pharmaceutical and bioinformatics industries, and researchers from across the U.S., Canada, Central America, and the U.K.
Dr. Davis discussed the history of CME and the data supporting the efficacy of CME to continuing professional development, and how educators can reduce the gap between evidence-based practice recommendations and what actually occurs in clinical practice.
Dr. Curtis Olson, University of Wisconsin, presented “Raising the Bar: Enhancing Evaluation of Continuing Education in Genetics,” in which he encouraged educators and researchers to expand their evaluation approaches, and discussed strategies for choosing the optimal outcomes for the intervention and in developing an evaluation approach. Next, Dr. Greg Feero, from the National Human Genome Research Institute, discussed what has been in the realm of CME for genetics, in his presentation “Continuing Education in Genetics: Where are We?”
In the afternoon, participants chose from two out of three interactive break-out sessions that addressed different topics in the implementation and evaluation of genetic and genomics education programs:
- Evaluation of Genomic Education in Practice – Maren Scheuner, MD, MPH, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
- Assessing Changes in Clinical Practice: Performance-Improvement CME – Katherine A. Johansen Taber, PhD, American Medical Association
- Using Simulation in Genetics Education....Fully Engaging the Learner – Diane Seibert, PhD, CRNP, Uniformed Services University
Dr. Peter Fardon from the National Genetics Education and Development Centre in the UK, shared successes and challenges in educating a nation in his presentation “Does Genetics Education Make a Difference? Outcomes and Evaluation from a UK Perspective.” Dr. Kathleen Calzone, from the National Cancer Institute, shared her experience developing interactive genomics case studies in part of her presentation “Global Genetics Genomics Community (G3C): Developing Unfolding Case Studies.”
On Tuesday, Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for Technology of the Office of Science Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, presented “Winning the Future Through Open Innovation ~ Implications for Health IT.” Janine Lewis, Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, and Kate Reed, NCHPEG Staff, presented on two different approaches to delivering education on rare genetic conditions, and on monitoring and evaluating these resources in “Improving Access to Hard-to-Find Genetic and Rare Disease Information and Resources: the GARD Information Center and GeneFacts Experiences.”
Dr. Leslie Biesecker, from the National Human Genomic Research Institute, gave the closing address, “Seeing over the Horizon: How Sequencing Could Change Health Care.” Dr. Biesecker discussed the current and future applications of genomic sequencing and the implication on research, health, and education.
In addition to these presentations by invited speakers, attendees enjoyed presentations from selected abstracts on issues related to genomics education, distance learning, implementation trials, risk assessment tools, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing.