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. 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. This course is an approved elective in the medical school curriculum (MD ID 7250). A Continuing Education section also is available. Faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend the seminar portion of the course on a drop in basis.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Discuss the fundamental elements of personalized health care.
  2. Consider case studies of preventive and therapeutic applications of personalized health care.
  3. Consider future developments in personalized health care. 
  4. Propose methods for advancing personalized health care locally, nationally, and globally.

Course Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade at the end of the semester. This grade will be based on Class Participation (25%), Weekly 1-Paragraph Online Discussion Posts (25%), and 2 Written Assignments (50%). Class attendance is mandatory, but planned absences are acceptable if discussed with instructors beforehand. 

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Course number:  MDCRC 6150
Academic Credit Hours:  2

CME Credit hours: 1.5
Semester:  Spring 2016
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
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 qustions, contact Lance Pflieger ( or Emily Coonrod (

Preliminary Syllabus 2016

  • Session 1, January 11: The Utah Genome Project
    • Course and Graduate Certificate Overview; UUHSC Goals and Key Initiatives Joshua Schiffman, MD (Pediatrics; Oncology)
    • Human Genetics in Medicine Lynn Jorde, PhD (Human Genetics; Utah Genome Project)
    • About the Utah Genome Project and Research Highlights Deb Neklason, PhD (Medicine / Genetic Epidemiology; Utah Genome Project)
  • January 18: Holiday – No class
  • Session 2, January 25: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Personalized Health Care
    • Confidentiality and Privacy Concerns in the Practice of Personalized Health Leslie Francis, PhD, JD (Philosophy, Law)
    • Personalized Healthcare: Promises and Perils James Tabery, PhD (Philosophy; Internal Medicine / Pediatrics)
    • Ethical Implications of Genomics Jeff Botkin, MD, MPH (Pediatrics/Medical Ethics/Pediatric Ethics)
  • Session 3, February 1: Personalized Risk Assessment and Prevention
  • Session 4, February 8: Aligning Clinical & Research Service Lines to Support PHC I
  • February 15: Holiday – No class
  • Session 5, February 22: Aligning Clinical & Research Service Lines to Support PHC II
    • Developing an undiagnosed disease program at the University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital Lorenzo Botto, MD (Pediatrics)
    • Obesity, Diabetes & Metabolism Tim Graham, MD (Medicine; Biochemistry; Nutrition)
    • Guest Lecturer: Robert Cook-Deegan (Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy)
  • Session 7, March 7: Personalized Health: Outside the Box
  • March 14: Spring Break – No class
  • Session 8, March 21: Central Resources for Personalized Health Care at the University of Utah
  • Session 10, April 4: Affordable Personalized Health Care
    • Implications of personalized mediicne for medical care expenditures and attendant value Norman Waitzman, PhD (Economics)
    • Cost Effectiveness Research and Affordable Care Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD (Pharmacotherapy; Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center)
    • Pediatric Oncology Joshua Schiffman, MD (Pediatrics; Oncology)
  • Session 11, April 11: Health Care Transformation / Health System Innovation / Population Science
    • Delivering Population Health: Primary Care Michael Magill, MD (Family & Preventive Medicine; University of Utah Health Care Community Clinics; University Health Plan)
    • Optimizing Acute Care Robert Glasgow, MD (Surgery)
    • Utah Population Database Ken Smith, PhD (Family and Consumer Studies; UPDB)
  • Session 12, April 18: The Future of Personalized Health Care – A Panel Discussion with Health Sciences Leaders
    • Emily Coonrod, PhD
    • Erin Rothwell, PhD
    • Larry Meyer, MD, PhD
    • Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD
    • Will Dere, MD
    • Lance Pflieger
  • Session 13, April 25: Careers in Personalized Health Care - Open Discussion
    • Emily Coonrod, PhD
    • Diana Brixner, PhD, RPh
    • Joshua Schiffman, MD
    • Matthew Rondina, MD, MS
    • Will Dere, MD

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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