There is a popular trend for genetic test companies to market genetic screenings to identify detrimental mutations directly to consumers. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of patients wanting to discuss the results of their personal genetic tests with their physician. In turn, the medical education community has recognized a need to provide medical staff and patients with resources to interpret and act on personal genetic data. Most medical students and residents lack the requisite knowledge to interpret and manage patient-provided individualized genetic testing. This has prompted a growing interest among medical students in learning more about genetic testing and how to counsel their patients on this information. Consequently, early educational exposure to clinical genetic testing and counseling would benefit medical education training programs. In this study, we examine the perceptions of medical students in West Texas with regard to clinical genetic testing.
Kopel, Jonathan and Brower, Gregory L.
"Perspectives on Consumer and Clinical Genetic Testing Education among Medical Students in West Texas,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 12:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol12/iss3/5