Contemporary Issues in Medicine: Genetics Education (PDF)

Contemporary Issues in Medicine: Genetics Education (PDF)

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Number of pages:12
Year published:2004
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Although genetic factors have been recognized to play a role in health and disease since the beginning of the twentieth century, until recently the contributions of genetics to medical practice was limited to a set of important, but rare, disorders. Recent events, especially the sequencing of the human genome, have introduced new approaches to diagnosis and therapy, and have broadened the scope of genetics to include common disorders and preventative strategies of public health significance. With the general recognition that genetic medicine will play a much larger - indeed, central - role in the work and knowledge of the practicing physician of the future, the challenge to medical education today is to determine the level of knowledge about genetics that students graduating from medical school need to acquire.