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Our Education Aim

The TECH Center designs and implements education initiatives that center the role of compassion, empathy, and equity in the use of healthcare technology. Learners hone skills for compassionately integrating technology into their practice, consider both the benefits and limitations of technological innovations, and examine implications for patient accessibility and equity. Our content is intended to facilitate learners’ understanding of the patient perspective and empowers them to leverage technology to enhance empathetic interactions. 

Seq2Care

Learn about our flagship educational offering.

About Seq2Care

Blue DNA Helix surrounding a yellow heart. Text reads- Seq2Care Genomic Insights and Empathy for Inclusive Healthcare

The Seq2Care course (formerly Precision Health Scholars or PHS) aims to offer training and hands-on experience in genomic analysis and interpretation for pre-clinical medical and pharmacy students. Our interactive content guides students as they work through strategies for critically engaging with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in genomics research and clinical practice. The overall experience is crafted to build empathy and compassion for the diversity of patient needs and journeys in precision healthcare and clinical genomics. 

 

For more information on Seq2Care outcomes and brining the course to your institution, visit our course webpage.

Program Highlights

  • Fall 2021: Our inaugural offering, this course was comprised of 9 weeks of in-person content, including didactic instruction from experts in the field of genomics and interactive exercises. Learners built skills for facilitating compassionate patient interactions and applying genomics knowledge to future practice.

 

  • Fall 2022 and beyond: This revamped course incorporates two in-person workshops which bookended asynchronous, experiential learning over 10 weeks. Participants have the option to engage in a voluntary, clinically validated personal genetic testing experience through the course, to learn about their own genetic variants and engage with content from a patient perspective through online modules.

Center Course Offerings

Learn more about our previous and upcoming course offerings for UC San Diego students.

Fall 2021

SOMI 296- Precision Health Scholars Immersive Learning Experiences 

This course is designed for pre-clerkship medical students and other health professional students interested in learning about the clinical implementation of genomics and precision medicine. Exploring a variety of case studies, the class encourages students to critically examine the meaning of genomic information and its significance for understanding and treating health conditions. Hands-on learning activities include guided demonstrations, in-class exercises with real-world genetic data and test reports, and opportunities to engage with patient advocates, genetic counselors, leaders from the San Diego genomics community, and genomics experts in industry. By unpacking commonly held assumptions about race, biology, and genetic ancestry, students build a toolkit for precision medicine inspired by the values of compassion, empathy, social justice, and health equity in clinical care.  

Fall 2022

SOMI 296- Precision Health Scholars: Journeys in Genomic Testing 

This two-day workshop offers hands-on training for medical and pharmacy students in clinical applications of genetic technologies, with attention to justice and equity issues in precision health and medicine. Participants have the option to engage in a voluntary, clinically validated personal genetic testing experience through this course, to learn about their own genetic variants and engage with content from a patient perspective. The cost of this experience is covered for participants who opt-in. All workshop participants receive an equivalent learning experience regardless of whether they opt in or opt-out of genetic testing. Workshop content builds understanding of the strengths and current limitations of clinical genomics technologies and an appreciation for the role of empathy and compassion in enhancing patient experiences, in preparation for clinical work in any specialty. Learning activities include asynchronous exercises, in-class role plays and scenarios, and group discussion.

Spring 2023

FMPH 491- Race, Equity, Justice, and Technology in Public Health

This course examines emerging technologies and their relevance to public health through the lens of justice, equity, and access, with a focus on how different "precision” technologies can enable or constrain progress towards alleviating disparities across diverse communities. Topics include commercial genetic testing, facial recognition and the law, forensic genetics, marketing and predictive data analytics, digital surveillance, genome editing, and artificial intelligence. Examining relevant case studies, students will learn to identify the potential for bias and recommend strategies for enhancing equity through technology in policy and practice. 

Fall 2023

SOMI 296- Precision Health Scholars: Journeys in Genomic Testing 

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This two-day workshop offers hands-on training for medical and pharmacy students in clinical applications of genetic technologies, with attention to justice and equity issues in precision health and medicine. Participants have the option to engage in a voluntary, clinically validated personal genetic testing experience through this course, to learn about their own genetic variants and engage with content from a patient perspective. The cost of this experience is covered for participants who opt-in. All workshop participants receive an equivalent learning experience regardless of whether they opt in or opt-out of genetic testing. Workshop content builds understanding of the strengths and current limitations of clinical genomics technologies and an appreciation for the role of empathy and compassion in enhancing patient experiences, in preparation for clinical work in any specialty. Learning activities include asynchronous exercises, in-class role plays and scenarios, and group discussion.

Healthcare Professional Education Partnerships

In addition to designing and facilitating our own unique course content, the TECH center education team members also contribute their expertise to healthcare professional training programs, both at UC San Diego and beyond.

Sanford Scholars

Members of the TECH center team contribute content to the Sanford Scholar Award Program summer workshop series. For more information on Sanford Scholars, check out the program info page.

Foundations of Medicine

TECH center experts routinely provide lectures during the genetics block of the first-year UC San Diego School of Medicine Foundation of Medicine course. Topics have included: Health Equity and Genomics, Ethical Issues in Genomics, and facilitation of Genetics Workshop cases.

Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

TECH center team members have been invited to provide content for various courses within the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (ASGCGP) curriculum. Topics have included: Narrative Medicine, Supporting Empathetic Patient Interactions in the EMR, Health Disparities in Historical Context, and Engaging Minoritized Groups in Research.

Doctoral Trainee Caryn Rubanovich leads 2nd-year ASGCGP students in a discussion on narrative medicine. A screenshot of a Zoom meeting is show with three participant videos: one with students in a conference room in Sioux Falls, SD; one with students in a conference room in San Diego, CA; and one with CarynDoctoral Trainee Caryn Rubanovich leads 2nd-year
ASGCGP students in a discussion on narrative medicine.