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AHRQ, HRSA, and other agencies team up to fund grants for medical faculty training in genetics

The Nation's primary care physicians need specialized training to translate the dramatic advances in genetics knowledge and technology resulting from the Human Genome Project into real medical benefits for their patients. To help meet this need, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health, have awarded $200,000 in grants to 20 faculty teams. The teams, which were selected through a peer review process, will create models for adapting the very latest in scientific knowledge to everyday clinical practice.

This new faculty development initiative will give students, faculty, and primary care researchers in-depth training on a variety of issues that relate to blending genetics information into primary care practice. For example, participants will learn when it is appropriate to collaborate with geneticists, how best to apply newly available genetic tests, and ways to help patients make informed decisions about using genetic information.

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Bureau of Health Professions will take the lead for the project. The 20 teams participating in this project are based at:

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
  • Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.
  • Brody School of Medicine/East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cook County Hospital/Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL.
  • Lancaster General Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, Lancaster, PA.
  • Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.
  • Palmetto Health Alliance/University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC.
  • State University of New York School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY.
  • University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, LA.
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.
  • University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL.
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa, OK.
  • University of Utah Health Sciences/Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT.
  • University of Washington Family Practice Residency Network, Seattle, WA.
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN .

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