This program, based on the "Virtual Practicum" model, is intended for health care providers who may see patients with disorders - or who have concerns about disorders - in which knowledge of clinical genetics can positively affect outcomes. It may also be helpful in the training of students in these professions, genetic counselors, medical laboratory professionals, public health professionals, and others who may have an interest in genetic testing.
This program takes place in a "Virtual Genetics Clinic," where the learner can participate in a "Virtual Mini-Fellowship" with a master clinician/master teacher (Dr. Ed McCabe). The program's flow and content centers on four simulated patients who have, or are at risk of developing, diseases in which knowledge of clinical genetics can affect outcomes. In some instances, patient outcomes will depend on the management decisions and other actions of the learner. Users are able to visit the Learning Resources Room, in which they can attend lectures, listen to interviews, and search the World Wide Web for relevant information. They can also visit a "CLIA-certified" laboratory to see how genetic tests are done and interpreted.