Innovations in human genetics education. Incorporation of genetics into a problem-based medical school curriculum

A. E. Swinford, D. B. McKeag

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Abstract

There has been recent interest in the development of problem-based human genetics curricula in U.S. medical schools. The College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University has had a problem-based curriculum since 1974. The vertical integration of genetics within the problem-based curriculum, called 'Track II', has recently been revised. On first inspection, the curriculum appeared to lack a significant genetics component; however, on further analysis it was found that many genetics concepts were covered in the biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, and clinical science components. Both basic science concepts and clinical applications of genetics are covered in the curriculum by providing appropriate references for basic concepts and including inherited conditions within the differential diagnosis in the cases studied. Evaluations consist of a multiple-choice content exam and a modified essay exam based on a clinical case, allowing evaluation of both basic concepts and problem-solving ability. This curriculum prepares studies to use genetics in a clincial context in their future careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-758
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Volume47
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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