Docs Brace for DTC Genomics

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Reed Pyeritz says it is a truism that every medical student should be admitted to the hospital at some point, "just so they can experience life from the other side of the bed." Indeed, every health professional will — at one point or another — inevitably become a patient. But at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where Pyeritz is a professor of medicine and genetics, fourth-year medical students have the option to become their own patients by analyzing their personal genetic data as part of an elective course that he offered for the first time this year.

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