Dr. Beth Tarini, an assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at University of Michigan Medical School, has been named co-medical director of a three-year project to improve delivery of genetic services in primary care.
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"Given the rapid development of genetic technologies, genetics is becoming an increasingly important aspect of clinical medicine," Tarini said in a University of Michigan news release. "This initiative will help to ensure that pediatric primary-care providers and their patients reap the rewards from these advances."
The project is funded by a three-year $500,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau in cooperation with the Genetics in Primary Care Institute.
"Unfortunately, many primary-care providers still lack knowledge and confidence in providing genetic-based services, ranging from understanding of basic genetics to collecting and interpreting family health histories to ordering, interpreting and acting upon genetic tests,” a program description on HRSA's website notes. "This initiative will provide models, best practices and dissemination strategies for ensuring optimal integration of genetic medicine content and concepts into primary-care practice."
The American Academy of Pediatrics was awarded the grant. Tarini, 36, is a member of the AAP's Committee on Genetics. Dr. Robert Saul is chairman of the committee and Tarini's co-medical director on the project. Saul, 61, is senior clinical geneticist at the Greenwood (S.C.) Genetic Center.
"Dr. Tarini and I will work with a team of experts over three years to develop methods to increase primary-care providers' knowledge and skills in providing genetic-based services,” Saul said in a news release. "It will be exciting to have the opportunity to be a part of such an important initiative in partnership with the AAP."
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