Medical Genetics for UBC: Creating Online Learning for Uni-, Multi-, and Interprofessional Competencies

Title Medical Genetics for UBC: Creating Online Learning for Uni-, Multi-, and Interprofessional Competencies
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Linlea Armstrong
Year 1: Funded Amount 50,000
Year 1: Team Members

Karen Niederhoffer, Resident in Medical Genetics
Elizabeth Digby, Resident in Medical Genetics

Interprofessional Education
Lesley Bainbridge, Associate Principal, College of Health Disciplines

Genetic Counselling Masters Program
Tracey Oh, Co-Director and Teacher
Jenna Scott, Co-Director and Teacher

Genetics Courses, Department of Medical Genetics
Wendy Robinson, Course Leader and Professor
Elizabeth Conibear, Course Leader and Associate Professor

Genetics Laboratory Scientist Training Program, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Tanya Nelson, Acting Division Head of Laboratory Genetics

Genetics Theme, MD Undergraduate Program
Jan M Friedman, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program
Michelle Steinraths, Island Medical Program

Midwifery Program
Michelle Butler, Director and Professor

Nursing Program
Elsie Tan, Senior Instructor

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Donna Drynan, Senior Instructor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Physical Therapy Maters Program
Alison Greig, Associate Head

School of Social Work
Stephanie Bryson, Professor
Elizabeth Jones, Senior Instructor and Chair, BSW Program
Tim Stainton, Director, School of Social Work and Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship

Project Summary

Curriculum renewal within the MD Undergraduate Program is calling for genetics programming that is longitudinal, integrated, contextualized, and reflective of the interprofessional nature of genetics in practice. Our challenge is to create an exciting, sustainable program for delivery to students distributed across our province. We have brought together a team of faculty and students from ten programs at UBC committed to develop online virtual patient experiences that will contribute to excellent genetic learning for students in all participating programs. Each virtual patient will have a basic storyline and core content designed to teach and assess broadly applicable genetics competencies, which are relevant to students from all participating programs. Program specific add-ons will support uniprofessional educational needs. The modules will have active learning components such as discussion boards, shared video annotations, group-developed wikis and more to support interactions and learning between students from different educational programs.