Below you will find educational tools to enhance your professional development and knowledge of research practices. Some programs provide certification and/or CME credits upon completion of the training modules. Please click on the links for more details.

PBRN toolkits:

Collaborative IRB Training Initiative

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March 2000 as collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The training module developed emphasized human research subject protections. DC PrimCare believes it is important to protect all patients who voluntarily participate in our studies. Thus, it is important that providers and key personnel are aware of the rules and regulations when engaging human participants in research.

Community Genetics Education Network (CGEN)

Website contains valuable information on family health history, how to collect it, and why it is important. Discover how race, genetics, and the environment affect health. A glossary and listing of online and local resources are available.

Health Literacy TrainingRepresentation of Health Literacy main menu.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Course created a course entitled "Unified Health Communication: Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency."

The goal of this program is to help HRSA-supported health care providers improve communications with their patients. This interactive training program hopes to raise the quality of provider-patient interactions by teaching providers and staff how to gauge and respond to their patients' health literacy, cultural background, and language skills.

The course consists of five training modules: 1) An Introduction to Health Communication, 2) Health Literacy, 3) Cultural Competency, 4) Limited English Proficiency and 5) Capstone Activity. In the final module participants apply information in the previous modules to test their ability to communicate effectively with patients.

There are many tools and resources available to understand and learn more about health literacy. We hope our providers will utilize this innovative tool to enhance patient communication and become better equipped to address health literacy issues in their practices; thus, creating a shame-free environment for patients with low health literacy.

To receive credit for completing the modules, please register with the Public Health Foundation - Train National.


Genetics & Your Practice Online: A health care professional’s resource for the practical application of clinical genetics

As new scientific information reveal that a majority of diseases today have a genetic component, the knowledge has resulted in changes in the way medicine is practiced.  However, most primary care professionals practicing today have not had adequate training in genetics nor have the time to deal with genetic topics.  Furthermore, survey data exists suggesting that a majority of Americans would first turn to their primary care provider with questions about genetic disorders.  Genetics & Your Practice Online was designed for such health care professionals working in the primary care setting. 

Genetics & Your Practice Online ( is a free Web-based genetics education program and information resource designed for primary care professionals.  Created by the March of Dimes, the site provides practical ‘how-to’ information and downloadable tools to help the busy health care professionals integrate genetics into their current practice.  The site has three main topics: Genetic Testing and Screening, Family Health and Social History, and Referral to Genetic Services.  Each module offers interactive case-based learning activities with the ability to select content customized to the types of patients you see, i.e., preconception/prenatal, infant/children, and adolescent/adult.  Each module outlines a practical process health care professionals can use to begin integrating genetics into patient care.  Genetics & Your Practice Online illustrates step-by-step processes for taking a family history, genetic testing and screening, and referring to genetic services. For example, in the Family Health and Social History case, the user is led through the process of creating a three generation pedigree to review inheritance patterns.The Resources and Tools section provides checklists, risk tables, fact sheets, algorithms, questionnaires, and other useful references that can be viewed online or downloaded to a computer or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).  There are also fact sheets and brochures than can be printed and given to patients.  In addition, there is an extensive section on the financial, ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics (FELSI). Genetics & Your Practice Online offers three free CME credits through the completion of interactive case studies.  The cases offer health professionals the opportunity to work through a simulated clinical setting on how to integrate genetics into patient care.  Over two-thirds of users completed cases for CME credit strongly agreed that they learned something new from this activity and all users agreed that they would use this information in their work. 

For more information, contact us at

Mitka M.  Genetics research already touching your practice. American Medical News April 6, 1998; News section:3.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Swedish Medial Center and the March of Dimes. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 category AMA PRA Category 1 credits ™.