Supplementing a CD-ROM to Educate Physicians and Students about Current Genetic Testing Technology

Expanding the new genetics: Interactive courseware for physicians

Project staff at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics created supplementary material to enhance the use of a CD-ROM to teach genomics and genetics to undergraduate science students.

Key Results

  • Project staff developed ancillary materials to supplement the existing CD-ROM, partly in response to the priorities identified in the faculty focus groups. These include:
    • Text and photographs for a case study on Alzheimer's disease.
    • Text for a case study on breast cancer.
    • A Web site that allows CD-ROM users to download updates and supplements.
    • A browser-based programming shell to improve compatibility.
    • Outlines of additional interactive courseware modules.
  • In collaboration with Bio-Link, a national consortium of undergraduate biotechnology training programs, and with a group of faculty from California universities, including Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and 20 community colleges, center staff submitted an application to the National Science Foundation to create and disseminate additional educational materials on genetics, using electronic technology.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $190,575 from May 2000 through April 2004.