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The hallmark of Mayo Clinic's individualized medicine practice is its multispecialty personalized care team. The team analyzes each individual case, working together to evaluate genomic results and provide personalized treatment or follow-up recommendations.
Team members include:
To ensure you receive the best possible care, your individualized medicine care team invites and encourages your primary care physician to participate in all discussions about your care.
Physician specialists include specialists in medical genetics, general internal medicine, pediatrics, gastroenterology, cardiovascular diseases, pathology, hematology, oncology and other areas.
Genomic nurses have special training in genetics and genomics. Genomic nurses provide education, help obtain medical and family history information, and collaborate with genetic counselors, physicians, and the rest of the health care team in support of your care.
Genetic counselors have expertise in both medical genetics and counseling. As members of a health care team, they work with individuals and families at risk for, or diagnosed with, a variety of genetic conditions. Genetic counselors also collect and interpret family history information, order and interpret genetic tests, educate about genetic disorders, provide supportive counseling, and serve as an advocate for you.
These scientists include molecular pathologists and biologists, geneticists, biochemists, and others. They help the team understand how your DNA changes can affect your condition.
This specialized team combines computer science with biology and genetics to analyze information from your DNA into a report for your primary care physician and physician specialist.
Pharmacogenomics pharmacists have special training to provide recommendations based on how a specific drug interacts with your genes. They review genetic test results to make recommendations that help you get the best results from your medications with the fewest possible side effects. In some cases, recommendations from pharmacogenomics pharmacists can prevent serious reactions to medications.
Because pharmacogenomics is a new specialty in patient care, these pharmacists may serve as experts for both patients and clinicians to review and understand pharmacogenomics test results, provide guidance about current or future medication options, and in some cases, give insights on medication intolerances or bad reactions in the past.
A medical ethics representative works with the team on your behalf to examine, discuss and ensure that all ethical, legal and social implications surrounding genomic applications in your health care are considered.
Genomic tests analyze your DNA in order to customize health care and help find answers to difficult medical questions.
Our team evaluates each request to determine if an individualized medicine evaluation is indicated.
Collecting information about your personal and family medical history may be necessary before meeting the care team.
A team of experts, each with a specific role, provides a personalized and comprehensive patient care visit.
Our team interprets your unique results and helps you understand how they may affect your health care.
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