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Online Programs

Our online education programs give clinicians opportunities to practice skills by working through cases and watching best practices. We have an extensive library of free, online courses that are case based, interactive and take 15-30 minutes to complete. Clinicians can earn free CME/CNE and access point-of-care tools that can be used in the clinic. Educators can integrate our courses into their training programs to address genetic/genomic competencies in a user-friendly online format.

Precision Medicine for Your Practice

A partnership between JAX, Scripps Research Translational Institute, and the American Medical Association, this free, on-demand, and interactive CME/CNE program includes eight modules that are 15-30 minutes, case-based and aim to build clinical skills and impact patient care. Topics include prenatal testing, targeted therapy in oncology, genomic sequencing, neurogenomics, and pharmacogenomics.

Hereditary Cancer Education

JAX offers comprehensive cancer genetic training through a combination of online and live programs. Online case-based CME/CNE modules focus on building clinical skills for primary care and cancer providers. Topics include assessing cancer risk using family history information, managing patients with increased cancer risk, interpreting genetic and genomic test results for patient management, choosing the right test, and many others.

Cancer Genetics Implementation Toolkit

JAX, American Cancer Society and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable developed this toolkit to help primary care practices implement a structured family history collection system to identify and manage individuals at increased or high risk of colorectal cancer.

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Live and Blended Education

Some education is most effective when delivered live, as it allows for real-time discussion and feedback. We develop live and blended education programs that complement and extend our online programs. Using best practices in adult education, our live programs are interactive and case-based. We collaborate with partners to deliver programs locally (virtually or in-person) and, in some cases, to train local experts to present the material interactively. Please contact us if you are interested in working with us to deliver clinical genetics/genomics education.

Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI)

MCGI is a special alliance of cancer experts, clinicians, and researchers from The Jackson Laboratory who are focused on improving outcomes for cancer patients across Maine. MCGI provides education to help clinicians integrate the use of large-scale tumor genomic testing into practice through genomic tumor boards, online modules, in-person forums, and tools and resources.

Cancer Genetics Project ECHO

In collaboration with Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth, we are helping community providers increase the identification and management of patients with hereditary cancer risk in Maine. We are accomplishing this through the implementation of the validated Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, which is a telementoring approach that facilitates consultation and mentorship between community providers and specialists.

Cancer Genetics in Primary Care

Using a blended education model, this program consists of a six-hour interactive workshop followed by monthly cases emailed that reinforce key messages. This program, designed for primary care providers, focuses on skill-building in cancer risk assessment, genetic testing, and management, using cases, modeling through standardized patient-provider interaction, and small groups. We implement the program at local sites in collaboration with partners, including state departments of public health (CT and MI), professional societies (CT Nurses Association), non-profit groups (Dempsey Center), and academic centers (University of Buffalo).

Grand Rounds

The clinical education team delivers grand rounds and other educational presentations to hospitals, provider groups, and professional organizations. As with our other live programs, we create presentations that meet the needs of the specific audience, are interactive and are case-based.

Community Engagement

The Clinical Education team is active in the genomics education conversation nationally. Our activities, partnerships, publications, and presentations demonstrate our interest in using education to support the clinical integration of genomics.

Clinical Implementation

Education alone is not sufficient to change behavior, but it is an important part. By incorporating an evidence-based approach to developing education, we optimize the impact of our programs. By partnering with hospitals, health systems, professional organizations, and clinical champions, we strive to measure the impact of our educational programs within the larger context of clinical care.


Genomics is a rapidly evolving field, and, as such, so is the discussion about what is relevant clinically and, therefore, educationally. We try to keep current on the research and discussion, identifying issues that have greater relevance to educational thinking. We dig into topics that may be less known or be more relevant to non-genetic clinicians writing a regular blog.

Recent blog posts

Five Misconceptions about Consumer Genomic Testing

Genomic testing in healthcare is here to stay. Use of testing is increasing, not only in the traditional sense (think hereditary cancer or prenatal genetics), but also outside the doctor’s office.

Financial considerations of genomic tumor testing

GTT is ushering in an age of precision oncology, tailoring treatments to pathways identified by the results. But a concern among some providers and patients is that genomic testing, which can provide hope to patients facing an advanced or metastatic disease like Maria, may be out of reach financially.


Our education programs are only useful to those who know about and can access them. We disseminate our programs through social media and through partnering with organizations and individuals who share our interest in genomics education. We are working to learn what messages and platforms best resonate with our target audiences – clinicians, trainees, and educators.

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