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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome to week 1 of The Genomics Revolution. We're delighted that so many of you have joined us. This course will give you an insight into how powerful, new genetic technologies have transformed health care and the impact this revolution is likely to have on the practise of medicine. We hope that by the end of this course you would have gained a fundamental knowledge of genomics and be able to use this knowledge in your clinical practise. We will also explore some of the ethical and legal issues surrounding the increasing use of genomics. The lead educators for the course are myself-- Dr. Kate Tatton-Brown-- Dr. Katie Snape, and Dr. Shereen Tadros. We are all clinical geneticists. You will meet us throughout the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsAnd we will be participating in discussions from time to time. This week, we will start by familiarising ourselves with normal genetic processes. And you should take some time to get to grips with the FutureLearn platform, if you are not familiar with it. You will also have the opportunity to introduce yourselves to your peers. We're looking forward to hearing how you get on and all your interesting contributions in the discussions. Please do use them to ask questions and to interact with your fellow learners. Enjoy your learning.

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome to The Genomics Era: The Future of Genetics in Healthcare from St George’s, University of London. This course has been created with support and funding from Health Education South London.

Our Course Lead Educator, Dr Kate Tatton-Brown, Clinical Geneticist, introduces the course and explains what you’ll be studying during the first week.

Who is this course for?

This course has been specifically designed for healthcare professionals and assumes a degree of prior knowledge and uses scientific language. There is also a wide breadth of material covered in the 5 weeks. There are areas that encourage you to share details and experiences from your practice. Please remember patient confidentiality at all times. If you are not a healthcare professional, you are still welcome to participate and contribute to the discussion activities. The experiences of non-healthcare professionals and patients will add hugely to the breadth and quality of discussion, so please do join in.

This week

By the end of this week you will be able to:

  1. Define the fundamentals of molecular genetics; the human genome, DNA, chromosomes, genes.
  2. Describe the processes by which the DNA code results in cell-specific production of proteins.
  3. Recognise the extent of genetic variation in healthy individuals.
  4. Describe the mechanisms of replication of the genetic code in normal cell division.

We will be covering many of the basics in this week, so if you are a healthcare professional some of this may be a useful refresher for you.

Learning with FutureLearn

If this is your first time learning with FutureLearn, you may like to watch this short video explaining how everything works here.

Learning from conversations is an important part of the FutureLearn approach. You will learn from discussions with other people taking part in the course, by reading their comments and responding with your own thoughts, which you can do on nearly all steps. On some steps there will be a more structured discussion.

You might like to read 6 tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to help you get the most out the platform’s social learning features.

In some parts of the course you will be asked to participate in discussions about subjects which could be sensitive or controversial, or you may be encouraged to draw upon and perhaps share personal opinions or experiences. We would politely request that you observe the FutureLearn Code of Conduct throughout the course, and remain respectful of other learners in your comments.

If you are drawing on personal experience, please only share your thoughts if you are comfortable doing so. Please remember that patient confidentiality means that you should not disclose any information that could identify any of your patients.

A certificate is available on this course

When you feel you are happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please ‘Mark as complete’. You can then either choose ‘Next’ to move on to the next step, or return to the week by choosing the ‘To do’ tab at the top of each page. You can always come back to a step even after the end of the course.

If you complete the majority of the steps in this course and every test, you will be eligible to purchase a Statement of Participation, which comes in the form of a digital and printed certificate.

The course has been approved for 10 category 1 external CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), 10 external CPD credits by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), and for 10 hours of CPD activity by the Royal College of General Practitioners. This course represents a standalone module, and is rated for 10 hours of CPD time, corresponding to 10 CPD credits. Credits cannot be obtained for completing part of the course only, and purchase of a Statement of Participation is required to demonstrate evidence of CPD time completed.

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