Precision Medicine—A Demand Signal for Genomics Education

Bruce Doll*, Mauricio J. De Castro, Melissa H. Fries, Arnyce R. Pock, Diane Seibert, Wendy Yang

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Pressed by the accumulating knowledge in genomics and the proven success of the translation of cancer genomics to clinical practice in oncology, the Obama administration unveiled a $215 million commitment for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in 2016, a pioneering research effort to improve health and treat disease using a new model of patient-powered research. The objectives of the initiative include more effective treatments for cancer and other diseases, creation of a voluntary national research cohort, adherence to privacy protections for maintaining data sharing and use, modernization of the regulatory framework, and forging public–private partnerships to facilitate these objectives. Specifically, the DoD Military Health System joined other agencies to execute a comprehensive effort for PMI. Of the many challenges to consider that may contribute to the implementation of genomics—lack of familiarity and understanding, poor access to genomic medicine expertise, needs for extensive informatics and infrastructure to integrate genomic results, privacy and security, and policy development to address the unique requirements of military medical practice—we will focus on the need to establish education in genomics appropriate to the provider’s responsibilities. Our hypothesis is that there is a growing urgency for the development of educational experiences, formal and informal, to enable clinicians to acquire competency in genomics commensurate with their level of practice. Several educational approaches, both in practice and in development, are presented to inform decision-makers and empower military providers to pursue courses of action that respond to this need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Medicine
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


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