Association for Molecular Pathology


October 2011, Volume 17, Number 3


Training and Education Committee Report

Karen Weck, MD

By Karen Weck, MD
Chair, Training and Education Committee



Many of you may be aware of recent discussions regarding the need to improve medical education in molecular medicine and genomics for pathology residents (see Tonellato PJ, Crawford JM, Boguski MS, et al. Am J Clin Pathol. 2011;135:668-672). In response to this, AMP is putting together a task force to recommend an updated curriculum in molecular pathology for Pathology Residents. Many thanks to all of you who volunteered to serve on this important task force. The selection committee is in the process of selecting the task force members.

The Training and Education Committee (T&E) is gearing up for the Annual Meeting in November. Each year the T&E Committee hosts a Molecular Pathology Outreach Course just prior to the Annual Meeting. This year, the outreach course will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 and is entitled “Current Applications of Molecular Pathology: Real Time Updates and Case Studies.” The course will feature a combination of lectures from experts in molecular pathology and real life case studies highlighting the utility of molecular diagnostic testing. Many past attendees have found the course to be good preparation for attendance at the Annual Meeting. The course program and registration information are available on the AMP website under the Meetings tab ( ).

As in past years, there will be a special luncheon for trainees during the Annual Meeting. T&E junior members Niki Sidiropoulos and Cecilia Yeung are planning this event to include an overview presentation of the various routes available for postdoctoral training in molecular pathology. All trainees including medical students and residents are welcome to attend this luncheon. Trainees are also eligible for the annual book giveaway which will be held during the Meeting.

In addition to these events at the Annual Meeting, the T&E Committee selects the annual Young Investigator Award (YIA) recipients. YIA award posters were due by September 26th for prejudging by the T&E Committee. We are looking forward to seeing this year’s YIA posters and meeting with all of the young investigators at the Annual Meeting to hear about their work.

Take a look at the webinars on the AMP webinar series listed below.

  • On Sept 26th, AMP co-sponsored a webinar by Nicholas Cross of the Wessex Genetic Reference Laboratory called “Monitoring CML Patients by RT PCR on the International Scale” hosted by Asuragen.
  • On Sept 29th, Christopher Corless from Oregon Health & Science gave a webinar on KIT mutation testing - we thank Sequenom for their sponsorship.
  • On October 25th, Madhuri Hedge of Emory University will be giving a webinar on next generation sequencing and whole genome analysis.

Announcements and registration information for upcoming webinars will be posted on CHAMP. Registration for all webinars is free and open to the public. If you missed a webinar, AMP members can access them through the AMP Web Library archive