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Hello and welcome.

We are delighted that you have decided to learn with us and wish you a warm welcome. We are a team of five GPs, some with specialist knowledge of genomics and others with broad experience of Primary Care. We have worked together to create this course with the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team. WGC Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences are committed to and experienced in providing advanced training in genomic skills to a wide range of audiences.

The team have also worked with Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme to create a course suitable for people working in Primary Care to build up their knowledge and skills in genomics. Learners from all backgrounds with an interest in genomics in Primary Care are very welcome to participate, learn from each other and share your experiences and ideas.

The course assumes a basic knowledge of genetics. Links are provided to relevant training materials throughout the course. If you are finding the scientific aspects of the course challenging, you might want to take an introductory course to orient you to genetics and genomics. The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine from St George’s University, London is very helpful.

The RCGP have provided a glossary of some of the key terminology used in genomics.

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The course will take about 3 hours a week. It may take more or less time, and this depends on a number of factors, such as your learning preferences, your prior knowledge and experience or how much time you have available. We encourage you to:

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