Weekly study3 hours
Genetic Inheritance for the Pregnancy Pathway: A Practical Guide for Clinicians
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.
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
How clinician knowledge can improve care pathways
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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.
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