The contemporary practice of medicine requires health care providers to have knowledge about genetics and possess the skills necessary to obtain, interpret, and communicate information about genetics. The importance of hereditary contribution to disease is often underappreciated by the general public and by many health care providers. Through training, primary care providers including obstetrician gynecologists and OBGYN residents should be prepared to take a leadership role in advocating for patient needs in the area of genetics. Current medical education programs using lecture format may not be the most effective method for providing health care personnel with the requisite knowledge and skills in genetics. Innovative educational modalities, experiential in nature, including standardized patients, may better serve to educate adult learners.