Precision Medicine Creative Commons, Attribution alone (BY)
Authors: Stefano Cinti, Agnese Collino, Giulia Sacchi, Eva Scaini, Chiara Segré, Alessandro Vitale
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The aim of this module is to provide an overall picture of precision medicine, its history and techniques, both current and on development. The module is conceived as a sort of starting point connecting all the other medicine modules of the Stem4youth project, as the field of precision medicine ideally includes all the other topics. If we could define the concept of “precision medicine” in one sentence, this would be “the right drug to the right patient at the right moment”: to make this possible, we need to look at the DNA (what makes us unique) in order to obtain the best information on the right procedure to undertake. As for every still-developing discipline, there are many unsolved doubts and issues: to help students meditate on this topics, they will be involved in a “discussion game” with specific cards, in which they will be able to build the precision medicine of the future.

Technical requirements
  Projector, screen, power point
Knowledge acquisition gain
  To give a general but comprehensive view to young students about the new frontiers and trends of medicine. To raise students’ interest about medicine and new technologies related to human health. To develop their abilities in public participation and scientific citizenship dealing with the scientific, ethical and social implication of medical sciences.

Workforce in Medicine

In the EU, jobs for health professionals - such as health practitioners, nursing professionals, and paramedicals - grew by 9% in the past five years. Jobs for health associate professionals - such as lab technicians and medical assistants - grew by 13%. Overall, they account for 6% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 13 million European health workers are employed. Most of them work in the health & social care sector. A small minority of health professionals works in other sectors - for example as consultants, professors, or public servants. In the next years, jobs for health professionals will increase by 5%, and jobs for health associates will increase by 10%.

  120 min
Number of staff
Education Level
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Advanced: material is most suitable for advanced students interested in the topic
Operating system
Technical requirements
Printed materials required
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer

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