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Modernizing the Med School Curriculum

Aiming to ensure that the next generation of doctors is "genomic medicine literate," the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine has launched a program that allows med students to earn a Master of Science in Genomic Medicine along with their medical degree.

The four-year MD/MS program is run by the Miller School and the university's Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. Students will be trained to use family genetic histories, genomic tests, sequencing, and pharmacogenomics in routine clinical care.

"Over the past few years, the importance of genetics in medicine has grown immensely," says Jeffery Vance, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine at the university's John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, in a statement.

Vance adds that most physicians "have not had training in modern genetic theories and techniques, making it difficult for them to incorporate it into their practice. This is especially true for genomic medicine or personalized medicine, which will be common by the time current medical students begin practicing."