Personalized Medicine Exposes a Gap in Medical Education

Do you remember the report focusing on how young physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center test their own DNA in search of genes linked to various illnesses? I’ve now just come across a great article in PLoS Medicine about how the dawning era of personalized medicine exposes a gap in medical education.

As personal genetic information becomes an increasingly frequent component of the patient medical record, it is crucial that medical students be trained to use and interpret this information appropriately and responsibly. Here, I argue the need for medical education reform that equips physicians with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice personalized medicine.
DNA ladder
In my university credit course, “Web 2.0 in Medicine“, I cover partly this issue and describe how direct-to-consumer genetic testing works and what the advantages/disadvantages are.