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January 2, 2019

21st-Century Genetics in Psychiatric Residency Training: How Do We Get There?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
  • 2Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles
  • 3Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Riverside, Rhode Island
  • 4Departments of Psychiatry, Medical, and Molecular Genetics, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online January 2, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.3872

Our expanding knowledge of how variation in the human genome contributes to complex diseases has propelled many recent advances in medicine. In oncology, understanding the genetic basis of cancer predisposition, tumor growth, and treatment response has become an essential part of the field and its training. Although current diagnoses in psychiatry are based on clinical observations, we are approaching a time when our genetic and molecular understanding of mental illness may play an important role in etiological understanding and treatment.1

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