PHA 6746 Patient Education and Communication in the Era of Precision Medicine

Overview

Requirements and strategies for patient education in precision medicine are rapidly changing due to emerging technologies, new types of testing, and increasing availability to generalist providers. Content will focus on emerging issues in patient education and communication in precision medicine. Topics include review of traditional and emerging models of patient education in genetic testing, workforce educational needs and strategies, implications and communication strategies for areas of uncertainty (e.g., variants of unknown significance, test reimbursement), essential topics and strategies to consider for patient diversity and health disparities, and legal and ethical issues in patient education and communication in precision medicine.

  • Tuition: $650.00 plus fees
  • Credit(s):¬†1
  • Course Format:¬†Asynchronous
  • Required: This is an elective course.
  • Prerequisites:
    • (GMS 6224) Foundations in Precision Medicine: Medical Molecular Genetics
    • (PHA 6134) Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genomic Technologies
    • (PHA 6935) Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genetic Epidemiology
    • (PHA 6935) Principles of Pharmacogenomics

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Summarize the role of patient education in genetic and genomic testing.
  • Describe traditional and emerging models of patient communication regarding genetic test results.
  • Identify workforce educational needs and strategies to support awareness and use of best practices in patient education for clinical genomics.
  • Identify patient educational needs with varying types of genetic and genomic tests.
  • Describe needs and strategies when communicating with patients about areas of uncertainty in genetic and genomic testing.
  • Discuss impact of racial and ethnic diversity and the role of health disparities in precision medicine.
  • Identify legal and ethical issues relevant to patient education and communication in precision medicine.
  • Practice identifying and prioritizing key patient discussion topics in variable genomic testing circumstances.