Title

Impact of a personal CYP2D6 testing workshop on physician assistant student attitudes toward pharmacogenetics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Journal

Pharmacogenomics

Volume

17

Issue

4

DOI

10.2217/pgs.15.182

Keywords

CYP2D6; education; genetic testing; personal testing; pharmacogenetics; pharmacogenomics; pharmacology; physician assistant

Abstract

© 2016 Future Medicine Ltd. Aim: We assessed the impact of personal CYP2D6 testing on physician assistant student competency in, and attitudes toward, pharmacogenetics (PGx). Materials & methods: Buccal samples were genotyped for CYP2D6 polymorphisms. Results were discussed during a 3-h PGx workshop. PGx knowledge was assessed by pre- and post-tests. Focus groups assessed the impact of the workshop on attitudes toward the clinical utility of PGx. Results: Both student knowledge of PGx, and its perceived clinical utility, increased immediately following the workshop. However, exposure to PGx on clinical rotations following the workshop seemed to influence student attitudes toward PGx utility. Conclusion: Personal CYP2D6 testing improves both knowledge and comfort with PGx. Continued exposure to PGx concepts is important for transfer of learning.

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