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Continuing education for health professionals

In order to provide the best patient care health professionals should invest in educational opportunities that give them up to date knowledge and skills.

In this resource section, you can find directories with various educational resources, self-training modules, information about advanced degree courses, research and fellowship opportunities, and links to various conferences and meetings around the world. Each of these tools for continuing education has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example while online tools provide the benefits of a self-paced environment for learning, conferences allow discussion and generation of new ideas.

The World Health Organizations Human Genetics encourages health professionals to use these resources for personal and professional growth. We aim to support an educated and informed health workforce to provide the best health services to populations worldwide and to achieve the best possible health for all.

Higher educational resources
Distance learning
Online self-training tools
Advanced degree courses
Continuing education for health professionals
Continuing education for nurses
Research and fellowship opportunities
Conferences and meetings

Higher educational resources

Distance learning

Online self-training tools

  • The New England Journal of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program (UK)
    The NEJM offers two types of programs. One is a one-credit exam based on specific articles in the NEJM from recently published issues. These exams can be taken online or in print. There is also another program in which health professionals can take a 50-credit exam based on articles from the last 6-month volume of the NEJM. These exams are scheduled at particular times, while the web-based exams are available at the convenience of the health professional.
  • Clinical Genetics: A Self Study for Health Care Providers (USA)
    The Virtual Children's Hospital is a resource tool set up by the University of Iowa in order to provide information to healthcare professionals as well as the public. Their Clinical Genetics self-study provides healthcare professionals with information on the need for genetics, and how to provide resources and references to their patients. The goal is not to certify individuals as experts, but to provide information.
  • Genetics and Your Practice (USA)
    This reference tool is a compilation by various organizations and individuals including the Washington State Department of Health, March of Dimes, the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, and others. The reference guide serves to better educate healthcare professionals, as well as to assist them in knowing when to provide referrals, and to better communicate with their patients.
  • Frontiers Programs in Clinical Genetics, The George Washington University Medical Center (USA)
    The goal of the Frontiers in Clinical Genetics program is to make health practitioners aware of latest research in the field of genetics and its implication on clinical practice. The program also serves to foster the understanding of related ethical and legal issues relating to genetic approaches in disease control.
  • Frontiers Programs in Genomics, The George Washington University Medical Center (USA)
    This program is targeted toward a wide audience and trains them particularly on dealing with genomics in relation to epidemiology and statistics. Affymetrix gene chips and cDNA microarrays are analyzed as part of this program.

Advanced degree courses

  • Doctorate Courses (Italy/ India)
    The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology offers Ph.D. courses in Italy and in India. Depending on the course, the duration ranges from three to four years, and is completed in conjunction with various institutions in those countries. This program has a particular emphasis on helping developing countries.
  • Genetic Counseling Graduate Programme, National Human Genome Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University (United States of America)
    This programme is established by the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There are two general programs of study, one which ends in a Masters of Science, and the other with an option to study further to obtain a Ph.D. degree. The program has accreditation with the American Board of Genetic Counseling and emphasizes the psychological and educational aspect of patient interaction.
  • Various Graduate Schools
    A comprensive source online graduate school information.

Continuing education for health professionals

  • New England Journal of Medicine (UK)
    This website includes two resources for continuing education in Medicine. The NEJM Weekly CME Program which offers one-credit exams based on specific articles in the New England Journal of Medicine as each issue is published. Exams are available on the Web or in print when you want to take them. The NEJM Review CME Program offers 50-credit exams based on selected articles from the previous 6-month volume of the New England Journal of Medicine. Exams are scheduled for March and September of each year.

Continuing education for nurses

Research and fellowship opportunities

Conferences and meetings

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