Assessment of healthcare students' views on pharmacogenomics at the University of Minnesota

Pharmacogenomics. 2012 Oct;13(13):1537-45. doi: 10.2217/pgs.12.139.


Aim: The aim was to determine if the University of Minnesota (MN, USA) healthcare students' perceived value of pharmacogenomics matches their self-observed comfort and education in pharmacogenomics.

Materials & methods: A 24-question, anonymous, online survey was distributed to all pharmacy, nursing and medical students enrolled at the University of Minnesota.

Results: Among healthcare students, 70.6% agreed or strongly agreed that pharmacogenomics should be an important part of their curriculum; however, only 11.1% agreed or strongly agreed that it actually is. Only 29.7% of students reported taking a genetics course that specifically addressed the applications of genetics in pharmacy, and those students were more likely to feel comfortable interpreting information from a pharmacogenetics test, answering questions on pharmacogenomics, educating patients on risks and benefits of testing, and were comfortable that they knew which medications required pharmacogenomics testing.

Conclusion: Healthcare students consider pharmacogenomics to be an important area of clinical practice; yet generally express it has not been an important part of their curriculum. Education emphasizing medical applications of pharmacogenomics can increase student comfort level in pharmacogenomics practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Education, Nursing
  • Education, Pharmacy
  • Humans
  • Minnesota
  • Pharmacogenetics / education*
  • Students, Health Occupations / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires