The field of genomics is rapidly expanding. Whilst clinical medicine has yielded limited benefit from this technology to date, we are entering an era where genomics will be as vital to any medical student’s education as anatomy and physiology currently are.
With a radical reduction in cost, outstripping Moore’s Law, patients are increasingly having their genome characterised either through recruitment in clinical trials or via direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Throughout medical school, genetics is usually considered a challenging subject and many leading clinician-scientists are concerned that the next generation of clinicians will struggle to provide care for patients requiring a genomically driven management plan.
We currently stand at the cusp of translating a wealth of actionable genomic data into improved patient outcomes; a significant limitation relates to how we can efficiently determine disease-causing mutations. I aim to deliver a brief overview of how genomics is beginning to be integrated within clinical medicine and hope to encourage you to engage with these advancements.
Disease has been traditionally classified based on the anatomical