News and Events : 2014 : January

In its 2nd year, the M.D./M.S. program welcomes 12 medical students

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics welcomed 12 medical students to the second year of its Master of Science in Genomic Medicine program, more than doubling the class size from its inaugural year. The Master of Science in Genomic Medicine is a program unique to the University of Miami that gives medical students the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Genomic Medicine during the same four years they earn their medical degree.

The M.D./M.S. degree is designed to equip future physicians with the tools to integrate the ever-expanding field of genomics into their practices. It will create qualified consumers of genomic medicine in the future; physicians who welcome and can intelligently bring genomic advances to their patients, no matter what their field of medicine. In collaboration with the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Division of Genomic Education, students will be trained to use genomic medicine in routine clinical care, no matter what their eventual clinical specialty.

This program is supported in part by the John T. and Winifred Hayward Foundation of Clearwater, Florida. The division continues to help develop curriculum and direction for this program. In its second year, the M.S. program currently has a total of 17 students obtaining a M.S./M.D., using the normal M.D. curriculum of the Miller School of Medicine.

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