MMG 3005Y, Session 4 (Fall 2), 78 hours, 1 credit
This course explores the current ethical, legal and social landscape of human genetic analysis, with a focus on the application of genome-science on patient care. Students explore the manifold legal and ethical implications of genomic science, including the cost and complexity of counseling patients in the face of new clinical data types. A combination of lecture and project-based learning are used to train students on current requirements for obtaining patient consent, ethical implications and protocols for use of patients in research studies, and emerging issues reporting of incidental findings. Particular focus is made on communication of genetic findings in the paediatric setting, and for patients with religious beliefs or value systems that affect clinical care.