Genomics in medicine: a novel elective rotation for internal medicine residents

Postgrad Med J. 2019 Oct;95(1128):569-572. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2018-136355. Epub 2019 Aug 22.


It is well recognised that medical training globally and at all levels lacks sufficient incorporation of genetics and genomics education to keep up with the rapid advances and growing application of genomics to clinical care. However, the best strategy to implement these desired changes into postgraduate medical training and engage learners is still unclear. We developed a novel elective rotation in 'Genomic Medicine and Undiagnosed Diseases' for categorical Internal Medicine Residents to address this educational gap and serve as an adaptable model for training that can be applied broadly across different specialties and at other institutions. Key curriculum goals achieved include increased understanding about genetic testing modalities and tools available for diagnosis and risk analysis, the role of genetics-trained allied health professionals, and indications and limitations of genetic and genomic testing in both rare and common conditions.

Keywords: education & training (see medical education & training); general medicine (see internal medicine); genetics; internal medicine; medical education & training.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • California
  • Curriculum
  • Genomics / education*
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires