Pharmacogenomics in Practice

Walk away with the confidence to begin offering genetic testing for drug response to your patients! | Created by Jeanette McCarthy, PhD


Pharmacogenomics in Practice was developed to teach health care providers how to use genetic testing to optimize drug dose or reduce side effects and improve efficacy of prescription medications.

You may have heard about pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing from your colleagues or patients. Perhaps you’re wondering if PGx testing may benefit your patients, but you’re not sure what tests are available, how to choose a testing lab, how to interpret a test report or how to talk to your patients about PGx. Pharmacogenomics in Practice can help!


A background in genetics or completion of one free online course from the Precision Medicine Academy: PM101: Human Genomics (~30 min). This course covers the structure and function of the human genome, the extent of genetic variation, and methods to detect that variation.

Course Price

This course is available for a one time fee of $295.00 

What you’ll get from the course

The course consists of five things:  

  • A series of three short didactic videos (total watch time ~1 hour) 
  • A hands-on exercise utilizing an online database (~15 min) 
  • A live Q&A period (30 min) 
  • A short online quiz (15 min) 
  • A live interactive webinar with Jeanette McCarthy. The webinar covered the following topics:
  • Which patients are candidates for PGx testing
  • How to discuss PGx testing with my patient 
  • How to select a PGx laboratory and test 

Students have a chance to have an interactive learning experience where they are free to ask questions, discuss resources, etc. 

Can't make the webinar time/date? The video recording of the webinar will made available afterwards.    

Additionally, this course provides the following: 

  • Enduring materials: course slides  
  • Resources: brochure for your patients; talking points for communicating with patients; sample test reports from major PGx labs 
  • Whitepaper: analysis of currently marketed pharmacogenomic tests 
  • A community of like-minded professionals with opportunities for ongoing engagement 
  • Discount on Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice (McCarthy and Mendelsohn, 2016, McGraw Hill Education) 
  • Certificate of completion

What You'll Learn

Molecular basis of drug response  

  • Get a grasp on the concepts and vocabulary of PGx to feel more confident when discussing PGx with your colleagues or patients. Learn about genetic differences in drug metabolism. How common are rapid or poor metabolizers? What factors besides genetic variation impacts drug metabolism? 

Pharmacogenomic information in the drug label 

  • Do you ever wonder if a drug you are about to prescribe has a PGx test to help guide it’s use in your patient? How many drugs have PGx tests available? Learn what information you can and can’t get from the drug label. 

Clinical validity and utility of pharmacogenomics tests  

  • There are many PGx tests available, but are they any good? Who is evaluating the specific genes, the strength of evidence and recommendations to changes to prescribing behavior? Where do I find trustworthy information about PGx tests? 

Paying for pharmacogenomics  

  • Is PGx testing cost-effective? Is it covered by insurance? How much does it cost? 

Which patients are candidates for pharmacogenomic testing  

  • Can you identify which patients in your practice should have PGx testing done? What are the most common use cases?

How to communicate with patients about pharmacogenomics  

  • What do you say to a patient who asks you to order a PGX test for them? What are the biggest misconceptions patients have about the test results? How can you communicate the benefits and limitations clearly? 

Choosing a pharmacogenomics laboratory and test  

  • Which labs currently offer PGx tests? Are all PGx tests created equal? With so many to choose from, how do I select the right test?

The information provided through this course is for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. 

All materials are copyrighted. Republication or redistribution of PMA content is prohibited without prior written consent. PMA shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University|Founder, Precision Medicine Advisors

Jeanette McCarthy is a genome scientist and leading educator in the field of precision medicine. She spent the early part of her career in industry at Millennium Pharmaceuticals before transitioning to academia. She currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and UCSF and teaches Genomic and Precision Medicine in the UC system and online. In 2014 she helped launch the first consumer-facing magazine in this field, Genome, where she served as editor-in-chief. She has been designing and delivering custom workshops and courses to international audiences of health care providers, consumers and stakeholders for years and co-authored Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice. (2016, McGraw Hill Education).

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