Foundations in Personalized Health Care [MDCRC6150] Course and CME


Course Description

Foundations in Personalized Health Care is a survey course designed to introduce students to many facets of this emerging field. This course will review the fundamental elements of personalized health care, discuss relevant case studies of preventive and therapeutic applications of personalized health care, and explore future developments. Students will also have the opportunity to devise ways in which personalized health care can be advanced locally, nationally and globally. Sponsored by the University of Utah Program in Personalized Health Care and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the course is offered through the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. This course is open to students outside the MSCI program and can be approved as an elective in other degree programs. A Continuing Education section also is available. Faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend the seminar portion of the course.

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Course number:  MDCRC 6150
Credit hours:  2
Semester:  Spring 2014
Day:  Monday
Time:  5:30-7:00pm
Room:  HSEB 4100B
Prerequisites:  None

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Leader: Joshua Schiffman, MD
Education Director, Program in Personalized Health Care
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Division of Pediatric Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Medical Director, High Risk Pediatric Cancer Clinic,
Huntsman Cancer Institute/Primary Children's Hospital
University of Utah

For registration assistance and permission codes, contact Meghan Lynch at 801-585-6667 or

Questions? Contact Jennifer Logan (, Program Director with the UU Program in Personalized Health Care.



  • Session 1, January 6: Introduction to Personalized Health Care
    • Course and Graduate Certificate Overview; UUHSC Goals and Key Initiatives Joshua Schiffman, MD (Pediatrics; Oncology)
    • Introduction to Personalized Health Care Michael Varner, MD (OB-GYN/Maternal Fetal Medicine; CCTS; Personalized Health Care)
    • Personalized Health Care and Public Health Steve Alder, PhD (Family & Preventive Medicine/Public Health)
  • Session 2, January 13: Human Genetics in Medicine / The Utah Genome Project Video link
    • Human Genetics in Medicine Lynn Jorde, PhD (Human Genetics; Utah Genome Project)
    • Utah Genome Project Overview Lynn Jorde, PhD (Human Genetics; Utah Genome Project)
    • Research Highlights from the Utah Genome Project Deb Neklason, PhD (Medicine / Genetic Epidemiology; Utah Genome Project)
  • January 20: Holiday – No class
  • Session 3, January 27: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Personalized Health Care Video link
    • Of Dogs, Daycare, and Discipline: A "Genetic Guide to Parenting"? Jim Tabery, PhD (Philosophy)
    • Of HIPAA and GINA: Legal protections applicable to the use of data in personalized medicine Leslie Francis, PhD, JD (Philosophy; Law)
  • Session 4, February 3: Personalized Risk Assessment and Prevention Video link
    • Role of the Genetic Counselor in PHC Wendy Kohlmann, MS, CGC (Genetic Counseling Shared Resource; Huntsman Cancer Institute)
    • Personalized Prenatal Care Erin Clark, MD (OB-GYN/Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
    • Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Vickie Venne, MS, CGC (VA Genomic Medicine Service)
  • Session 5, February 10: Aligning Clinical & Research Service Lines to Support PHC I
  • February 17: Holiday – No class
  • Session 6, February 24: Aligning Clinical & Research Service Lines to Support PHC II
  • Session 7, March 3: Pharmacogenomics and Companion Diagnostics
  • March 10: Spring Break – No class
  • Session 8, March 17: Informatics – Using Data to Support Personalized Clinical Care and Research
  • Session 9, March 24: Central Resources for Personalized Health Care at the University of Utah
  • Session 10, March 31: Personalized Health Care Across the Disciplines
  • Session 11, April 7: Personalized Health Care and Value of Care
    • Economics of Personalized Health Care: Above and Below the Skin Norman Waitzman, PhD (Economics; Health Society & Policy)
    • Cost Effectiveness Research and Personalized Health Care Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD (Pharmacotherapy; Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center)
  • Session 12, April 14: Health Care Transformation / Health System Innovation / Population Science
    • Delivering Population Health: Proposed Institute for Health Care Transformation Michael Magill, MD (Family & Preventive Medicine; University of Utah Health Care Community Clinics; University Health Plan)
    • Optimizing Acute Care Samuel Finlayson, MD, MPH (Surgery)
    • Utah Population Database Ken Smith, PhD (Family and Consumer Studies; UPDB)
  • Session 13, April 21: The Future of Personalized Health Care – A Panel Discussion with Health Sciences Leaders

CME Notes

Accreditation: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nondiscrimination and Disability Accommodation Statement: The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status religion, gender identity/expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice.  Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO./AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 201 S Presidents Circle, RM 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).

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