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Genetic Inheritance for the Pregnancy Pathway: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Explore genetics and genomics in maternity healthcare and apply principles to provide high quality care.

1,141 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Discover different types of genetic inheritance and understand genomic testing

Genomics is an ever-developing area of healthcare, and genetic tests are being mainstreamed, becoming more accessible than ever before. That’s why it’s important for professionals providing primary and secondary care to understand genetic inheritance so they can provide appropriate quality of care to their patients.

On this two-week course, you’ll learn about the different types of genetic inheritance, delving deeper into Mendelian inheritance and its potential deviations. There will be a focus on genomics in the pregnancy pathway, providing a practical guide for midwives and other practitioners delivering maternity care.

Develop practical skills for taking patient history and drawing pedigrees

An important part of recognising inherited disorders is in taking family histories and drawing family trees. You’ll learn key principles for taking family and patient history, then use those skills to gain practical experience in drawing pedigrees.

Recognise genomic conditions in prenatal and antenatal development

Using case examples, you’ll look at how you can improve care pathways and referrals, specifically throughout pregnancy care. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss current ethical issues in genetic testing, such as the ethical implications of offering genetic testing, and how genetic testing could be mainstreamed into maternity services.

Learn from experts in the field of genomics

With clinicians at the forefront of providing clinical genomic services, The South East Genomic Medicines Service Alliance (GMSA) has specialist expertise and understanding in genomics, in particular workforce training and education.

What topics will you cover?

  • The discovery of inheritance patterns
  • Types of autosomal inheritance - including case examples relevant to practice
  • Deviations from inheritance - including examples relevant to practice
  • Principles and practical guide to taking a family and patient history
  • The pedigree
  • How clinician knowledge can improve care pathways

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe dominant, recessive, x-linked and complex inheritance
  • Identify examples of genomic conditions, including the ones they are most likely to encounter in antenatal care
  • Demonstrate the ability to draw a pedigree
  • Apply the principles of pedigree drawing to recognise modes of inheritance
  • Identify deviations from mendelian inheritance
  • Evaluate further individual learning needs to provide high quality care

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for midwives. It may also be of interest to those involved in the pregnancy pathway such as primary care physicians, nurses, and health visitors, as well as medical and healthcare undergraduates.

While the course will generally assume knowledge appropriate to healthcare professionals, anyone interested in assessing their own family genetic history may find the course useful.

Who will you learn with?

I am a midwife working at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

My main interests are in genomics and fetal medicine.

I have recently completed a MSc in Genomic medicine (2021).

I am a Principal Genetic Counsellor based at St George's Hospital .

I work with patients in cardiac, prenatal, general and cancer genetics and have a special interest in education and training

I am a General and Prenatal Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

I trained as a genetic counsellor via the Scientist Training Programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Who developed the course?

St George's, University of London

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

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