Challenges and Opportunities for Genomics Education: Insights from an Institute of Medicine Roundtable Activity

J Contin Educ Health Prof. Winter 2016;36(1):82-5. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000019.


Despite the growing availability of genomic tools for clinical care, many health care providers experience gaps in genomics knowledge and skills that serve as impediments to widespread and appropriate integration of genomics into routine care. A workshop recently held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Translating Genomics-Based Research for Health explored 1) the barriers that result in a perception among health care providers that the need for genomics education is not urgent and 2) the drivers that may spur a change in that attitude. This commentary promotes continuing and graduate education-informed by an awareness of barriers, drivers, and best practices-as the most effective approaches for preparing the workforce for genomic medicine and ultimately improving patient care, and argues that the time for education is now.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Genomics / education*
  • Humans
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • United States