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Title

Teaching Internal Medicine Residents about Genetics: One topic at a Time - Breast Cancer

Poster Number

218

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

3-2016

Abstract

Background: Currently, the field of medicine is experiencing rapid changes in genetics and genomics information. While medical school curricula all include some genetics education, the content may vary from one school to another, leaving Internal Medicine (IM) residents with different skills and knowledge. In an IM residency where residents come from different medical schools, presenting an organized genetics curriculum may have value. Patients expect their physicians to be knowledgeable and current about their specific disease, including the genetic components and expect that they can inform them about terminology, inheritance, diagnostic testing, risks and benefits of testing. Physicians will need education about how to find current information about genetics factors in many diseases, and how to inform and counsel their patients using web-based tools.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to identify baseline genetics knowledge of Internal Medicine (IM) Residents at The George Washington University, and to determine if a 1-hour presentation can be used to improve their knowledge.

Methods: We performed a literature review of currently available information on genetics curriculum for IM residents and residency programs in other specialties. Although there is no standardized curriculum in genetics for IM residents, we did identify a proposed curriculum in genetics for IM1.There has also been research in education about genetics in other residencies including Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Surgery2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

We propose to deliver a one-hour presentation about genetics and breast cancer to IM residents and medical students at GWU during Grand Rounds. The presentation will include concepts in genetics, as well as specific information about breast cancer and guidelines for testing. We plan a pre-test to assess knowledge about genetics and breast cancer, a one-hour presentation and a post-test. Pre-test and post-test scores will be compared using student’s t-test.

Conclusion: We plan to evaluate the efficacy of a one-hour presentation for teaching genetics and use it as a possible model for other genetics education for IM residents. Possible topics for monthly presentations could include: colon cancer, ovarian cancer, emphysema, cardiology – long and short QT, among others.

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Teaching Internal Medicine Residents about Genetics: One topic at a Time - Breast Cancer

Background: Currently, the field of medicine is experiencing rapid changes in genetics and genomics information. While medical school curricula all include some genetics education, the content may vary from one school to another, leaving Internal Medicine (IM) residents with different skills and knowledge. In an IM residency where residents come from different medical schools, presenting an organized genetics curriculum may have value. Patients expect their physicians to be knowledgeable and current about their specific disease, including the genetic components and expect that they can inform them about terminology, inheritance, diagnostic testing, risks and benefits of testing. Physicians will need education about how to find current information about genetics factors in many diseases, and how to inform and counsel their patients using web-based tools.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to identify baseline genetics knowledge of Internal Medicine (IM) Residents at The George Washington University, and to determine if a 1-hour presentation can be used to improve their knowledge.

Methods: We performed a literature review of currently available information on genetics curriculum for IM residents and residency programs in other specialties. Although there is no standardized curriculum in genetics for IM residents, we did identify a proposed curriculum in genetics for IM1.There has also been research in education about genetics in other residencies including Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Surgery2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

We propose to deliver a one-hour presentation about genetics and breast cancer to IM residents and medical students at GWU during Grand Rounds. The presentation will include concepts in genetics, as well as specific information about breast cancer and guidelines for testing. We plan a pre-test to assess knowledge about genetics and breast cancer, a one-hour presentation and a post-test. Pre-test and post-test scores will be compared using student’s t-test.

Conclusion: We plan to evaluate the efficacy of a one-hour presentation for teaching genetics and use it as a possible model for other genetics education for IM residents. Possible topics for monthly presentations could include: colon cancer, ovarian cancer, emphysema, cardiology – long and short QT, among others.