About the Project

The mission of the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2) is to provide high quality educational resources for group instruction or self-directed learning in genetics/genomics by health care educators and practitioners. G2C2 solicits, reviews and organizes resources through an interdisciplinary collaborative exchange.

Genomic applications in healthcare are increasingly relevant to the day-to-day delivery of care to patients by all health care professionals. This centralized web resource for educators and learners facilitates communication, development, and dissemination of educational resources and approaches to achieve genetic/genomic competency.

G2C2 is:

  • Based on a core set of competencies that organizes genetic/genomic educational materials
  • Streamlined to facilitate standardized curriculum development
  • Designed to enhance efforts to develop trans-disciplinary approaches to genetics/genomics education
  • Funded and maintained by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health

Selecting Resources in G2C2

Genetics/Genomics educational materials in G2C2 are accessible through three pathways:

  1. Search:
    1. Create phrase or term searches on the homepage or
    2. Review previously created search results accessible through the "Browse Resources" menu
  2. Competencies: Click on a specific genomic competency in the “Competency Map” to see a list of resources that fulfill that competency
  3. Societies/Organizations: Access resources through the “Browse Resources” menu. Includes
    1. Resources from the Society/Organization that are mapped to genomic competencies and are indexed in G2C2
    2. External resources (not mapped to competencies) that are found on the Society/Organization’s website

Search results can be filtered by clicking options (CME/CE, cost, format) in the left-most column. Clicking on individual hits in the search results opens the “Resource Details” page which includes a description, additional details and options, and a list of genomic competencies specific to that resource. These competencies are organized by discipline at the bottom of each “Resource Details” page.

From the “Resource Details” page, users can go directly to the resource by clicking the title or “Launch Resource” button. Clicking the “Save” button adds resource information to your personal resource list which can be emailed to you or others.

The G2C2 Editorial Board reviews, approves, and maps each resource to specific genomic competencies.

Meet the Editorial Board

Patricia Brennan, PhD, MS, RN Nursing

Dr. Patricia Brennan is an Associate Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She received her bachelor's degrees from Emory University (psychology, 1981) and (nursing, 1983), and both her master's degree (critical care/trauma/education, 1993) and PhD in nursing (health policy, 2008) from the University of California, San Francisco.

Anne L. Ersig, PhD, RN Nursing

Anne Ersig, PhD, RN, is the pediatric nurse scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, and American Family Children's Hospital. In this shared position, she builds nursing-led clinical inquiry in the academic and practice settings.

Dr. Ersig supports nursing-led research studies and evidence-based practice projects, facilitates connections among clinical staff, practitioners, faculty, and students. In addition, she continues to implement her own program of research focused on the genomics and biology of chronic stress and anxiety in children, adolescents, and emerging adults with childhood chronic health conditions and their families.

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Ed Michaud, Ph.D. Physicians Assistant Studies

Dr. Ed Michaud is a Professor and the Director of Genetic Sciences for the School of Physician Assistant Studies at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his B.S. from the University of Central Florida (1979), his M.S. from Texas A&M University (1984), and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee (1990).

Nguyen Park, MS, PA-C Physicians Assistant Studies

Nguyen H. Park teaches Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Physician Assistant Program, and is in charge of the Special Environmental Health Registry at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS), which encompasses the Agent Orange, Gulf War, Depleted Uranium, Toxic Embedded Fragments, and Ionizing Radiation Registries. Prior to this, she was a clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program, Department of Healthcare Sciences at Wayne State University, and worked clinically in cardiology.

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Laura Conway, PhD, CGC Genetic Counseling

Laura Conway, PhD, CGC is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Genetic Counseling Program at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983) her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989) and her master's degree in genetic counseling from Arcadia University (1999). She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Angela Trepanier, MS, CGC Genetic Counseling

Ms. Trepanier is an Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and Director of Wayne State’s genetic counseling graduate program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1988) and her master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (1994). She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

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James M. Hoffman, PharmD, MS, BCPS Pharmacogenetics

Dr. James M. Hoffman is Chief Patient Safety Officer and an Associate Member in Pharmaceutical Sciences at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Pharmacy.

Dr. Hoffman received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. In addition, he received a Master's of Science degree in pharmacy administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed residency and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Grace M. Kuo, PharmD, MPH, PhD, FCCP, FNAPPharmacogenetics

Dr. Grace Kuo is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She is the Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Program Development at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She also directs the Pharmacogenomics Education Program (PharmGenEd).

Lori A. Orlando, MD MHS Physician

Dr. Lori A. Orlando, MD MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Precision Medicine Program in the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine at Duke University. She attended Tulane Medical Center for both medical school (1994-1998) and Internal Medicine residency (1998-2000). There she finished AOA and received a number of awards for teaching and clinical care from the medical school and the residency programs, including the Musser-Burch-Puschett award in 2000 for academic excellence.

G2C2 Review Coordinator

Donna Messersmith, PhD

Donna Messersmith, PhD is the Chair of the G2C2 Editorial Board. She leads NHGRI efforts in genomics education for healthcare providers through the Education and Community Involvement Branch of NHGRI. She received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Georgetown University Medical Center.

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Editorial Board Alumni and Advisors

Sandra Daack-Hirsch PhD, RN Nursing

Dr. Sandra Daack-Hirsch is an Associate Professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her BSN, MSN and PhD are from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Daack-Hirsch focused her master's study on genetic counseling and care of children and families. She completed her PhD in the Parent Child & Family Area of study with an emphasis in public health and genetics.

Anne Greb MS, CGC Genetic Counseling

Anne Greb MS, CGC is Director of the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She received her Masters of Science in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin and is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Jean Jenkins PhD, RN, FAAN Genomic Healthcare

Dr Jean Jenkins is a Clinical Genomics Consultant and owner of DNAandU LLC. Previously she worked as a Clinical Advisor, Genomic Healthcare Branch, Division Communication, Policy, and Education, NHGRI, NIH. She received her B.S.N. from the University of Maryland, M.S.N. at the Catholic University of America, and Ph.D. from George Mason University, Va.

Constance Goldgar, M.S., PA-C Advisor

Constance Goldgar is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where she teaches medical genetics and evidence based medicine. She received her BA degree in Biology from Grinnell College, and her physician assistant education and MS in Child Health from the University of Colorado Medical Center. She has worked to integrate genetics and genomics into the curriculum at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program, but also throughout PA education.

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Richard Haspel, MD, PhD Physician

Dr. Richard Haspel is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School. He obtained an MD from Cornell University, a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Rockefeller University and completed a residency in Clinical Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is currently the Pathology Residency Program Director at BIDMC.

Megan Doerr, MS, CGC Genetic Counseling

Megan Doerr, MS, CGC is the clinical lead for the Cleveland Clinic's electronic family history practice tools. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her graduate degree in genetic counseling from Case Western Reserve University.