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Personalized Medicine, Realized

NCHPEG develops educational programs and tools that are based in principles of adult education, including case-based, relevant to the target audience, and focusing on skills. We develop different types of resources depending on the needs of the intended users.  We have topic-focused and audience focused materials, as well as resources specifically for educators. If you have ideas of new areas of content, audiences, or delivery mechanisms, let us know!

Point of Care Tools

GeneFacts is an informational support system for non-geneticists to provide accurate information about genetic conditions that is practical and succinct enough for use within a primary care setting. The web-based materials are written by teams of geneticists and primary-care providers.  Fact sheets will be added as they are developed.  This resource is available at

Family History for Prenatal Providers is a partnership with March of Dimes, Genetic Alliance, and Harvard Partners, and is supported by a collaborative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration. The project has produced an interactive, point-of-care family history tool for primary care providers delivering prenatal care. The tool will help to improve health outcomes for the female patient, fetus, and family by providing clinical decision support and immediate educational resources for family history risk assessment. 

The NCHPEG website has a number of other point-of-care tools including:

  • Family history collection tool
  • Family history collection form
  • Psychiatric care resources
  • Genetic red flags
  • Risk categories
  • Risk communication tips

Topic Focused

Hereditary Colorectal Cancer.  A web-based educational program for primary care physicians focused on familial and syndromic colorectal cancer, risk assessment based on family and medical history, screening and management, genetic testing, and education and counseling.

Prenatal Genetics. A grand rounds package for educators on the value of family history in the prenatal care practice. It contains information about family history collection and interpretation and interactive case studies.

Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act. This program is a discussion guide for clinicians including background documents, a guide for talking with patients, a teaching slide set, and case studies that describe how the law works in a variety of real-world, clinical settings.

Genetics and Common Disorders. This program focuses on the genetics of common disease and on the broad principles that emerge when viewing disease from the perspectives of variation and individuality - which are at the heart of thinking genetically. The CD is available by request.

Audience Focused

Targeted Education Programs.  A yearly web-based program is to increase genetics literacy among faculty and practitioners within a specific health professional audience. The audiences so far include physician assistants, speech language pathologists and audiologists, dieticians, child neurologists, and family physicians.

Genetics and Social Science: Expanding Transdisciplinary Research.  This web-based program for social and behavioral science researchers introduces genetics concepts, such as variation and epigenetics, through research examples.  The goal of this project is to improve the SBS' genetics literacy and ability to incorporate genetics into their research.

Educational development

Core Competencies in Genetics for all Health Professionals.  The core competencies have been available to the healthcare community since January 2001, with a revision in 2007, and have helped guide the development of genetics curricula across many healthcare disciplines in the U.S. and abroad. 

Core Principles in Family History for all Health Professionals.  This new set of core principles focuses on the collection and basic interpretation of a medical family history in pedigree format for use in patient care and management.  A complementary slide set on family history for teaching purposes is currently available.