Precision Medicine: Genealogy to Genetics*

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This on demand class is designed to introduce you to the concept of precision medicine and the motivations behind the Precision Medicine Initiative, which both seek to more accurately treat and prevent disease. Throughout the four modules, you will explore precision medicine's current clinical applications, inherent ethical/legal/social implications, relevant National Library of Medicine and other genomic resources and tools, and how the All of Us Research Program is advancing precision medicine research.

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Learning Objectives:

After taking this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define and describe precision medicine, its current state, and how it will impact the health of our citizenry. 
  2. Explain the clinical applications of precision medicine, such as genetic testing and pharmacogenomics. 
  3. Demonstrate the ethical, legal, and social implications inherent in precision medicine by listing the benefits and concerns held by its stakeholders: patients, healthcare professionals, and health information professionals. 
  4. Understand how the All of Us Research Program is studying participants' DNA to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs.


Module 1:

  • Read: The contents of the 'Overview of Precision Medicine'
  • Activity: Write a reflection after reading the scenario and using the Surgeon General's My Family Health Portrait tool. 

Module 2:

  • Read: The contents of the 'Clinical Applications'
  • Activity: Use MedlinePlus to complete a quiz.

Module 3:

  • Read: The contents of the 'Ethical, Legal and Social Implications'
  • Activity: Read two genetic testing scenarios and write a reflection.

Module 4:

  • Read: The contents of the 'All of Us Research Program'
  • Activity: Final Reflection

MLA CE Credits: 4