A New Model for Genomics Support of Military Healthcare Providers: Early Findings from the MilSeq Project
59 MDW JBSA-Lackland AFB United States
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As technological advancement, cost reduction, and accessibility of genomic sequencing GS usher in an era of precision medicine, the demand for expert clinical interpretation exceeds the supply of trained genetic professionals. This shortage is intensified in the Military Health System MHS, which employs 6 active-duty and 2 civilian geneticists, as well as a handful of genetic counselors GCs to provide services for over 1,300,000 service members. The MilSeq Project is a pilot study of GS in ostensibly healthy Airmen designed to explore the benefits and risks of GS implementation into the MHS. To address the professional shortage, we pilot a scalable model in which military healthcare providers HCPs manage GS results with support from GCs and geneticists.
- Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology
- Medicine and Medical Research