Course catalog

Most of PMA's courses are designed to be understood by a lay professional audience with little to no background in genomics. Our customers include health care providers, health care organizations, insurance and regulatory professionals, IT/informatics and diagnostic industry professionals and others. We provide concise, precise, easily understood, practical information to improve genomic literacy, increase awareness and/or impart skills needed to accelerate the uptake of precision medicine.

 

CORE COURSES (Essential Precision Medicine)

These courses are suitable for a lay audience with little to no background in genomics, who want to gain some genomic literacy and/or understand the breadth of applications of genomics in the clinic today.

Human Genomics (PM101)

A primer on DNA, genes and genetic variation in the human genome, laying the foundation for understanding genomics in medicine.

Genes, heredity and disease (PM102)

Learn about the genetic basis of Mendelian and complex diseases.

Genomics in medical practice (PM103)

A brief survey of the current and future applications of genomics in primary care medicine, including: carrier screening; rare disease diagnostic sequencing; genetic predisposition testing; pharmacogenomics; tumor profiling; non-invasive testing in prenatal diagnosis and cancer screening; microbial sequencing for microbiome and pathogen diagnosis; and gene editing.

Risk, regulation and ethics of genetic testing (PM104)

Provides a framework for evaluating genetic tests and explores the potential benefits and risks of knowing your genomic information.

CLINICAL GENOMIC ELECTIVES

These courses are suitable for a professional audience with limited background in genomics, who wants to keep abreast of how to apply genomics to clinical practice.

Making sense of personal genomic test results

Learn about the benefits and limitations of genetic information provided by direct to consumer genetic testing companies and how to discuss with your patients.

Genetic predisposition testing

Learn about the clinical application of genetic testing for diagnosing or predicting inherited diseases in at-risk individuals. Includes: how to know if a disease is genetic, selecting an appropriate test, choosing a laboratory, interpreting results, communicating results to patients.

Diagnostic sequencing in rare genetic diseases

Learn about the clinical application of diagnostic sequencing for solving rare idiopathic diseases in children. Includes hands-on learning using commercially available software.

Pharmacogenomics in practice

Learn about the clinical application of genetic testing to optimize drug dose or reduce side effects and improve efficacy of prescription medications. Includes option to get one’s own pharmacogenomic profile done.

Tumor profiling in practice

Learn about the genomic landscape of tumors and the clinical application of tumor genomic profiling to expand treatment options for patients with cancer.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

These courses are suitable for professionals who want to take a deeper dive into technical aspects of precision medicine.

Mastering variant interpretation

Take a look under the hood of variant interpretation in the context of genetic testing. Learn how to apply the ACMG/AMP guidelines to assess pathogenicity of variants uncovered using next-gen sequencing.

SPECIALTY TOPICS (offered in collaboration with outside faculty)

These courses are suitable for audiences with a background in genetics/genomics who wish to obtain technical training in specific areas of genome research.

Paying for Precision Medicine

A deep dive into cost-effectiveness, value and reimbursement trends for precision medicine.

Genome sequencing – present and future

A high level overview of current and future sequencing technologies and their utility for de novo genome assembly and resequencing human genomes.

Genetics dissection of common, complex human diseases and drug response

Explores the nuts and bolts of genome-wide association studies and their application to identifying genes underlying complex disease (drug target discovery) and response to therapeutics (pharmacogenomics).

Computational approaches to drug repositioning

Explores the methods for using gene expression profiling to identify matches between drug targets and therapies.

Applications of genome sequencing in microbiome research

Learn about analytical approaches to studying the microbiome and the application of microbial sequence data to human health.

Applications of genome sequencing in infectious disease

Learn about the use of genome sequencing to diagnose and monitor infectious diseases.

Biobanking for biomedical research

Learn about best practices for collecting, storing and managing biospecimens for research.

Medical technology and digital health

Explore the latest wearables, sensors and health monitoring gadgets and their application for improving health and maintaining wellness.