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J Cutan Pathol. 2016 Oct;43(10):858-65. doi: 10.1111/cup.12760. Epub 2016 Jul 22.

Development of a curriculum in molecular diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine for dermatology trainees.

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1
Department of Dermatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA. mimurphy@uchc.edu.
2
Department of Dermatology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.
3
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Results of molecular studies are redefining the diagnosis and management of a wide range of skin disorders. Dermatology training programs maintain a relative gap in relevant teaching.

OBJECTIVE:

To develop a curriculum in molecular diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine for dermatology trainees at our institution. The aim is to provide trainees with a specialty-appropriate, working knowledge in clinical molecular dermatology.

METHODS:

The Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine collaborated on the design and implementation of educational objectives and teaching modalities for the new curriculum.

RESULTS:

A multidisciplinary curriculum was developed. It comprises: (i) assigned reading from the medical literature and reference textbook; (ii) review of teaching sets; (iii) two 1 hour lectures; (iv) trainee presentations; (v) 1-week rotation in a clinical molecular pathology and cytogenetics laboratory; and (vi) assessments and feedback. Residents who participated in the curriculum to date have found the experience to be of value.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our curriculum provides a framework for other dermatology residency programs to develop their own specific approach to molecular diagnostics education. Such training will provide a foundation for lifelong learning as molecular testing evolves and becomes integral to the practice of dermatology.

KEYWORDS:

curriculum; dermatology; genomics; molecular diagnostics

PMID:
27328619
DOI:
10.1111/cup.12760
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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