Capacity building of health professionals on omics sciences: evaluation of the effectiveness of a distance learning training course for Italian physicians.

Giovanna Elisa CalabròStefania Boccia


Background. The rapid adoption of personalized medicine approaches in healthcare requires professionals to be able to manage the “omics revolution”. In this context, the genetics/genomics literacy of healthcare professionals should be in line with the continuous advances in this field, in order to implement its potential implications for the diagnosis, control and treatment of diseases. The present study investigates the effectiveness of a distance learning course on genetics and genomics targeted at medical doctors.Methods. In the context of a project funded by the Italian Ministry of Health in 2017, we had set up a distance learning course, entitled Genetics and Genomics practice. The contents of the course were identified from a core curriculum in genetics directed mainly to general practitioners, for physicians and healthcare professionals, previously published. The course focused on genetic/genomic testing in clinical practice, pharmacogenomics and oncogenomic and it was developed according to the main models of andragogical training (Problem-based Learning and Case-based Learning). We used a pre-test versus post-test study design to assess knowledge improvement on a set of 10 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). We analysed ...Continue Reading

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