MAR 22, 2016 12:45 PM PDT

Turnkey resources: The Genetics Tool Kit

  • Clinical Advisor, Division of Policy, Communications, and Education, NHGRI, NIH
      Dr. Jean F. Jenkins is a clinical advisor for the Division of Communication, Policy, and Education at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH. Previously, she worked at the NIH Clinical Center Nursing Department, the National Cancer Institute, and the Genomic Healthcare Branch, NHGRI.
      Dr. Jenkins received her B.S.N. from the University of Maryland, an M.S.N. at the Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D. from the George Mason University, Virginia, in 1999, completing Innovation of Diffusion Research on Genetics Education for Nurses. It was during a clinical internship as part of her doctoral studies that she recognized the importance of advances in genetics research for all healthcare providers. Dr. Jenkins has been motivated and committed to preparing others to become aware of, plan for and integrate genetic concepts into clinical practice. In 2005, she received the Michael J. Scotti Jr. Award for National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) efforts as the content and instruction co-chair when she coordinated the development and consensus of the NCHPEG competencies. Building on these efforts, Dr. Jenkins co-coordinated the development of the Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics, which led to the development of an interdisciplinary education resource repository ( ) and a web-based case-scenarios resource (

    Genomic Medicine is an incredibly fast moving field awash in information. Successful practice requires ongoing access to authoritative and regularly-updated, yet focused resources for both providers and patients. Many resources are available on the web. This session highlights and demonstrates several key resources from this meeting’s resource toolkit that are particularly valuable sources of information and education needed for competent (and confident) patient-provider interactions involving genes and genomes.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Locate two authoritative web resources helpful for providers and patients for learning about specific rare disorders.
    • Identify online information that is systematically evaluated and presented in a structured format that helps interpret a DNA sequence variant for clinical validity.

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