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Audience Examples of Genetic Education Efforts Conducted by Center of Human Genetics (CHG) faculty and staff
Medical Students CHG faculty teach a first-year medical school genetic curriculum. They also participate in the Human Genetics Study track for third- year medical students and mentor third-year medical students in year-long research experience in human genetics.
Graduate Students CHG faculty participate in two different graduate programs in genetics, the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
Physician Assistants Physician assistant Jeffrey Stajich has given genetic education presentations at the annual national educational conference for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Mr. Stajich, PA-C is a didactic instructor for several of the clinical medicine units in the Duke PA program.
Genetic Counseling Students Each year several genetic counseling students rotate through the CHG. These rotations focus on issues involved with genetic research and genetic counseling for common-occurring disorders.
Middle and High School Students We have provided lectures for local middle and high schools about genetics. Additionally, the CHG has mentored summer internships for rising-seniors from local high schools. There is also a year-long research experience available for students from the state-wide magnet high school: North Carolina School of Science and Math.
Lay public Each year CHG faculty and staff make numerous educational presentations. Many of these presentations are made to support groups for the diverse disorders studied at the CHG.

We also had the privilege of hosting DNA-Day for kids at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences. This event included multiple interactive presentations including: DNA Dragons, Physical Trait checklists, and an experiment that kids conducted to extract bovine DNA.
Interdisciplinary The CHG was also involved in the Duke Interdisciplinary Faculty Development in Genetics Project (DIFDGP). This project, funded by the National Institute of Health, was designed to develop, implement, operate, and evaluate an interdisciplinary education program. It brought together faculty from colleges and universities with nurse practitioner (NP), nurse midwifery (NM) and physician assistant (PA) programs to learn clinically applicable genetics, pharmacogenetics, genetic counseling, and the related social, legal, cultural, and ethical issues with which the CHG is heavily involved. This, combined with presentations and workshops on faculty development and strategies for curriculum revision enabled participants to return to their home institution with the skill set and didactic tools necessary to integrate human genetics as a recurring theme throughout the graduate curriculum.

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