Sunday, October 14, 2007
I am sitting here listening to "Genetic Screening. What the PMD needs to Know" It is a presentation given by Monica Giovanni. Monica is a genetic counselor who works at Harvard. She is helping Dr Mike Murray build an "Adult Genetics" clinic. They have recently applied for governmental funding to set up a pharmacogenetics clinic.
I am prepping for my talk that I will be presenting at noon. The conference is called The Genetic Basis of Adult Disease. It is a CME course at Harvard and I am excited to see that we have about 140 physicians sitting in this ballroom. There are physicians from as far away as China and as near as Boston. I hope that they will take away one message......It is time to learn genetics.
What is my talk on? Adult Cystic Fibrosis. I know, you may be saying "Why not personalized medicine?" Well if you think about it. Adult CF is personalized genetics, so we are getting there. I like to bring physicians minds around by stretching them. A 74 year old woman with Cystic Fibrosis definitely stretches the mind. Oliver Wendel Holmes once said "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. " I hope to do that today.
What else is going on in the blogosphere as I "real-time blog"?
Walter has put up the Medicine 2.0 conference at Highlight Health. I must say that we ARE building the new EMR, it is not built yet....It is a work in progress.
The Sherpa Says: This weekend conference has started to prepare physicians for direct to consumer genetic testing. The president of the ACMG illustrated why the college feels that it is dangerous. Physicians here have started to view DTC genetic testing in the same light as "Coral Calcium"