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Personal genotypes are teachable moments

Mark S Boguski1*, Robert M Boguski2 and Michele R Berman3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA

2 Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School, Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218, USA

3 Celebrity Diagnosis LLC, Newbrook Circle, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA

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Genome Medicine 2013, 5:22  doi:10.1186/gm426

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Published: 19 March 2013


There is an urgent need for effective genomics education for healthcare professionals. Recent analysis of an experimental genomics curriculum showed that medical students' examinations of their own genotypes provide a valuable learning experience. Such experiential learning has a long tradition in medical education and its application to genomics is enabled by increasingly powerful and decreasingly costly genome science and technology. Personal genotyping is an important option to consider when designing educational programs for healthcare professionals.