Siobhan Dolan

BA, Brown University. MD, Harvard University. MPH, Columbia University. Professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Dolan is involved in research on the genetics and epidemiology of preterm birth. She also serves as a medical advisor to March of Dimes. SLC, 2002–

Graduate Courses

Human Genetics 2017-2018

Public Health Genomics

Graduate Seminar—Spring

The Public Health Genomics course introduces students to the epidemiologic approach to genetic disease, genetic counseling and testing. The course examines the applications of genetic information and genetic counseling in public health and international contexts. Students learn to identify various types of study design including their strengths and weaknesses. By working through case studies and course exercises, students learn key genetic epidemiologic and public health concepts.

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Public Health Genetics

Graduate Seminar—Spring

This course consolidates several established workshops and short courses into a single class. The first module focuses on basic concepts in epidemiology as they apply to genetics, introducing an epidemiologic approach to genetic disease, testing, and counseling. Specifically, the course will provide students with key genetic and epidemiologic concepts, introduce the basic structure of study design, and provide opportunities to evaluate examples from the literature. Each three-hour session comprises a one-hour lecture introducing key concepts, a one-hour case study carried out in a small group format, and a one-hour journal club in the large group setting. Due to the increasing importance of clinical research and informatics in the genetics field, a second module explores research methodologies and SPSS. Students are introduced to the common research methods used in clinical genetic research and are instructed in recognizing the qualities of good research studies. They are further afforded an opportunity, through the use of the electronic classroom setting, to develop and analyze certain aspects of a database that they have created. The goal of this module is to help them become aware of research protocols as they apply to clinical genetics and to learn skills they might apply to their thesis project. A third module takes on the prickly ethical issues that are common in the genetics field. This module covers issues such as patient rights, informed consent, confidentiality, predictive testing, genetic discrimination, and the duty to warn. A fourth module provides students with additional experience in performing Bayesian calculations, in using statistical methods of risk assessment, and in practicing risk assessment through pedigree analysis and molecular testing.

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