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
||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 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
|Middle and High
||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.
||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.
||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.