Every now and then I have the child-like joy of working on projects that inspire me to think on generational time scales, yet at the same time pack decades worth of learning into weeks! In this spirit, the last months have been exciting at EDU as we geared up to launch a new education programme for a new industry: Precision Medicine.
Developed by EDU in collaboration with XPOMET and the Precision Medicine Alliance, the Foundations of Precision Medicine course is a global online programme devised to introduce healthcare leaders to the evolving practice within the area of precision medicine, explain its application in clinical practice and build towards wide and impactful future application. If this speaks to you, find out more and register at studyprecisionmedicine.com.
Why Precision Medicine?
Today, healthcare is quickly evolving towards precision medicine as a potentially pivotal practice in alleviating unnecessary suffering within medical care due to one-size-fits-all approaches. In contrast to traditional treatment plans, precision medicine is a medical model that proposes the customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, treatments, practices, or products being tailored to the individual patient.
With a deeper understanding of human physiology using genetic insights and advances in technology, precision medicine empowers doctors to create personalised treatment plans. In areas like cancer treatment, this approach can significantly increase treatment success rates and minimize the stress on the patient that today's typical treatment plan causes - which usually consists of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. By eliminating ineffective treatment plans at the outset based on data insights, the cost of treatment will also be greatly reduced.
Without engaging in too much wishful thinking (or quantification), if treatment of diseases that affect a significant portion of the human population (like cancer) become even a little more effective and a little more accessible, the human condition gets a whole lot better.
Learn about precision medicine from the real innovations in this field at studyprecisionmedicine.com.