Genomics education highlighted by Royal College of Pathologists

Work being led by the Yorkshire and Humber Genomic Medicine Centre to address how genomic technology can be incorporated into routine diagnostic pathways has been highlighted by the Royal College of Pathologists.

Photo of Education Day eventThe College, who represent 11,000 doctors and scientists mainly working in UK hospitals and universities, have published an article called ‘Embracing the Future’ which highlights key learning from an education workshop held by the Centre in May.

Julie Atkey, Genomics Education & Training Manager, Yorkshire & Humber Genomic Medicine Centre, and Nicola Calder, Project Manager, Healthcare Science & Genomic Education Programme, Health Education England Yorkshire & the Humber, outline key discussion points from the event which was attended by 30 histopathologists from across the region.

Professor Louise Jones from Genomics England opened the meeting, with presentations given from experts from across Yorkshire and the Humber including from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Sheffield.

A workshop promoted some lively and engaged discussion focused on current and future education and training needs. Feedback and suggestions included:

  • Compulsory and mandated CPD for consultants needs to include introductory genetics and bioinformatics and the theory of current and developing molecular pathology tests in cancer pathways.
  • Histopathologists need a clear understanding of the clinical relevance of genomic testing and associated findings. This will require closer, more integrated working with genetics and genomics specialists to develop knowledge and appropriate pathways.
  • ‘Bite sized’ learning is preferable.

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