We are preparing a course in bioinformatics for clinical practitioners, an are in the process of planning the contents of the course. I would appreciate your thoughts on the content, and if you know any existing resources that have been planned for similar purpose (e.g. existing online courses or course descriptions?).
Especially, what do you think are the most relevant things about bioinformatics that should be taught to clinical practitioners during a short course?
Draft of my initial plan include e.g.:
- What bioinformatics is and how you can apply it in clinical research and patient work
- Basic bioinformatics tools (e.g. databases, maybe some simple data analysis methods) and their practical usage
- Theoretical background to some common bioinformatics methods (e.g. machine learning/classification?), how to interpret and understand publications that utilise bioinformatics
- Challenges and pitfalls of bioinformatics
- Using modern high-throughput technologies (sequencing and other -omics technologies) as part of clinical work
- Bioinformatics as part of personalised and translational medicine, case studies
- How to take into account the needs of bioinformatics when planning and executing a clinical study
- How to be a bioinformatics expert, what kind of additional education is needed (e.g. statistics, programming, computer science in general etc?)
The focus group in this particular course are students who are/will be medical doctors, and therefore I believe the topic should be on the practical side, and contain lot of examples from how bioinformatics has been used to solve real life research questions, as well as applied in clinical patient work (if you have good examples of this, they would also be appreciated!).