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Two years, maximum of four years to complete
30 June 2022. Please note, this programme recruits every two years and will next be open for applications from autumn 2021, for 2022 start.
St George's, University of London
The programme consists of four modules which are firmly embedded in the Clinical Genetics training pathway; utilising but restructuring training, so that it runs in parallel with full-time clinical duties and embeds academic teaching with clinical application. The course will enable you to feel proficient in the interpretation of genomic data, and confident in making clinical management decisions on the basis of your interpretation. It will also provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to disseminate your expert knowledge through the wider medical workforce.
Bespoke training for clinical geneticists.
Teaching runs in parallel with full time clinical duties and embeds academic teaching with clinical application.
Course is part of package of genomic educational initiatives run through the University.
St George’s clinical research ranked 4th for impact in the REF.
St George’s scored 92% overall for student satisfaction in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014.
Please note, this programme recruits every two years and will next be open for applications from autumn 2021, for 2022 start. Below are the fees from the previous year to be used for reference, although they remain subject to change.
UK and EU/EEA (2020 entry): £725
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Please note, this programme recruits every two years and will next be open for applications from autumn 2021, for 2022 start.
To be considered for this course, you will need to:
Undergraduate degree or equivalent
You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.
You must also hold a national training number (NTN) in clinical genetics.
We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at email@example.com
English language requirements
For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 2 course.
Personal statement and references
You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.
The Interpretation and Clinical Application of Genomic Data PgCert consists of four modules to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance your understanding in the interpretation and clinical application of genomic data.
Demonstrate knowledge and applicability of the principles behind commonly used molecular techniques.
Evaluate which laboratory investigations are most suitable for a given clinical scenario.
Critically review the processes used in issuing a laboratory report, from sample checking to issuing of a diagnostic report.
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the methodology of at least four molecular genetic techniques.
Design a panel of genes for analysis using next generation sequencing technologies applicable to a specific clinical phenotype.
Analyse the key features of a genetic variant which affects the prior likelihood of pathogenicity.
Critically examine the clinical context within which a genetic variant will be interpreted.
Apply in silico variant analysis tools to evaluate genetic variants
Critically evaluate the report generated by in silico variant analysis tools.
Demonstrate the interrogation of population level genomic databases with respect to a specific genetic variant.
Demonstrate the interrogation of mutation databases with respect to a specific genetic variant.
Critically evaluate the medical literature regarding a specific genetic variant.
Communicate complex genetic data to patients/families effectively and sensitively.
Critically evaluate the ethical issues surrounding consent for genetic testing with an understanding and explanation of incidental findings.
Communicate complex information about variants of unknown significance effectively to patients/families.
Evaluate the ethical considerations of genetic testing and be able to formulate cogent arguments for and against testing in specific clinical scenarios.
Assemble a portfolio that demonstrates learning and progression in the application of genetic technologies, the interpretation of genomic data and the communication of complex genetic information to patients.
Demonstrate application of the approaches undertaken in the clinical interpretation of genomic data.
Critically appraise the medical literature relevant to the interpretation of genetic data.
Reflect on the effect of genetic test results on the patient and other healthcare professionals.
Reflect on their communication skills when imparting complex genetic information to patients/families and the language that should be used in the development of patient/family-directed literature.
Propose and justify approaches to continuing professional development.
The aim of the Interpretation and Clinical Application of Genomic Data PGCert is to develop you into a self-reliant and autonomous learner, capable of independent and novel thinking, having developed the skills to enable you to apply your learning to clinical practice.
The learning objectives of this course will be achieved through a teaching scheme delivered through three key domains: knowledge, skills and attitudes. You will learn through both face-to-face/online teaching sessions and workshops, and self-directed study online and with library resources. Your knowledge base will then provide a platform to develop your skills of data interpretation in the context of clinical phenotyping. This will primarily be achieved through engagement at workshop sessions, assignments and developing your portfolio. The third domain, attitude, emphasises the need for you to develop your skills in effectively communicating complex genomic data and discussing ethical considerations such as the identification of incidental findings.
For modules one to three, there will be up to two summative assessments. Formative assessment will be provided in the form of regular meetings with your educational/laboratory supervisor. Each assessment has specific assessment criteria which will be published in the student handbook. Summative assessments include one oral presentation, two written assignments, an online multiple choice question (MCQ) examination, and communication role play. Module 4 contains assignments which enable you to apply theory to your clinical activities and allow you to demonstrate advanced application of your knowledge and skills within the your own professional practice environment.
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This course is aimed at clinical geneticists in training, delivering bespoke education and training, and recognising the unique needs of an expert workforce in the genomics era.
Duration: Four years, part-time
Genomic medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline that is already making an impact in the field of oncology, pharmacology, infectious disease and biomedical research.
Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
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