A key strategy for promoting translation of genomic technology into improved patient care is up to date training for healthcare staff. The starting point for this is a trained specialised workforce which can then promote education of colleagues in other disciplines. The collaboration seeks to make an important contribution to developing genomic medicine and genetic counselling as recognised healthcare specialities in China.
MCGM has been at the forefront of postgraduate specialist training in genetic counselling and clinical genetics in the UK for over 20 years, including running continuing education courses in dysmorphology, ophthalmic genetics, and cancer genetics, and a successful MSc genetic counselling course which leads to professional registration in the UK.
PUHSC has a extensive experience in providing undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Clinicians provide diagnosis and care for patients with inherited disease, and are building comprehensive medical genomics services. A key aim of the collaboration is to train future trainers within PUHSC to enable the development of clinical genetics as a sub-specialty as well as new healthcare professions including genetic counselling and genomic clinical scientists.