[Skip to Navigation]
February 9, 2016

Integrating Cadaver Exome Sequencing Into a First-Year Medical Student Curriculum

Author Affiliations
  • 1Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2016;315(6):555-556. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.19465

The rapid growth in the use of genetics in medical care, driven largely by the Human Genome Project and the emergence of next-generation DNA sequencing technology, has outpaced the education and training capabilities of clinicians and providers at all levels. This has led to the formation of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics, developed by the National Human Genome Research Institute, 15 other institutes at the National Institutes of Health, 23 professional societies, and other related organizations, with the goal “to improve genomic literacy of physicians and other practitioners and to enhance the practice of genomic medicine through sharing of educational approaches and joint identification of educational needs.”1 A major education initiative is needed because almost half of practicing clinicians in the United States finished medical school and residency training prior to the completion of the Human Genome Project. This has led to the development of genetic and genomic educational resources for physicians. For example, efforts to integrate genetics and genomics into residency programs in pathology are among the most comprehensive among medical specialties, largely driven by the use of next-generation sequencing for cancer as a diagnostic methodology with clinical utility and potential clinical application.