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Mayo Launches First Pharmacogenomics Certificate Course

Pharmacogenomics lab work

March 26, 2020

By Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science staff


The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and the Department of Pharmacy collaborated to develop Pharmacogenomics for Your Practice: Certificate Course on the Clinical Application of Pharmacogenomics.

“This course takes Mayo Clinic boldly forward, taking an important step in providing the clinicians and pharmacists now, and in the future, the critical skills needed to implement and practice pharmacogenomics in patient care,” says Richard Weinshilboum, M.D.

Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the study of how your genes may affect your body's response to — and interaction with — some medications. In addition to clinicians, many health care employers are expecting their pharmacists to play a meaningful leadership role.

Multidisciplinary faculty from the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development met over four months with Media Support Services to ensure pharmacists and clinicians would have all of the tools necessary to be ‘practice ready’ by providing evidence-based clinical decision making for patient specific pharmacogenomics factors.

The curriculum for this one-of-a-kind certificate course guides learners through foundational concepts and advanced decision making with lectures, expert panels, case-based presentations, and patient role-play. Mayo experts discuss the necessary elements for considering pharmacogenomics implementation in health care systems across the U.S.

Hear from Richard Weinshilboum, M. D., as he explains the course and the path of pharmacogenomics in this video.

Visit Pharmacogenomics for Your Practice: Certificate Course on the Clinical Application of Pharmacogenomics for more information and to enroll in the course.

Topics include fundamentals of pharmacogenomics, how to interpret test results yourself, and tips on how to implement pharmacogenomics into your practice. Learn through case studies and listen as experts debate controversial questions about the field.