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Association for Molecular Pathology

Strategic Plan

Background

Genomic medicine depends upon molecular diagnostics and has penetrated every area of patient care.  Analytic technologies can be highly sophisticated, having significant implications for the professionals who perform and interpret molecular assays. Education for laboratory and non-laboratory medical professionals, as well as patients, is critical to achieving the successful application of precision medicine to routine patient care. Laboratory and clinical practice guidelines are essential to the appropriate utilization of molecular tests and patient management. The regulatory, coverage and payment environments can threaten broad patient access to testing and the continued development of the field. AMP's capacity must remain strong to address the many challenges and opportunities facing molecular pathology. AMP's strategic plan addresses all of these areas.

 

AMP's strategic plan is dynamic. Implementation success is reviewed and celebrated annually by the Board of Directors, who add and archive strategic goals and objectives as necessary to accommodate the needs associated with this dynamic field. Foundational to its strategic plan are AMP's Mission, Vision, and Core Principles.

 

Strategic Goal Areas

Advocacy

Goal:  To be the identifiable and creditable professional organization on all matters concerning molecular diagnostics; to influence relevant policy, especially regulatory and reimbursement, in public and private arenas.

 

The accomplishment of early objectives lay a solid foundation for high-level influence and emphasized the continued development of philosophical approach, policy statements, organizational capacity; being seated at all relevant policy tables; and collaboration with other professional organizations both within and outside of laboratory medicine.

 

Current objectives address coverage, payment and regulatory challenges, as well as increasing member involvement in advocacy activities.

 

Education

Goal:  To influence behavior and provide high quality molecular pathology educational offerings.

 

AMP's education strategic objectives encompass several aspects, including:

  • Identifying target audiences that have members at the core and extend beyond to non-laboratory healthcare professionals, patients, the investor community, payers, industry, government - everyone involved with or touched by molecular diagnostics.
  • Developing molecular curricula and resources for various types of training programs, including residents, fellows, and technologists.
  • Expanding online education for all target audiences.
  • Nurturing molecular diagnostics outside of the U.S.
  • Collaborating with clinical, other laboratory medicine, and patient organizations to discover and meet educational needs.

 

Innovation and Improved Patient Care

Goal:  To foster innovation to improve patient care and patient outcomes.

 

Genomic medicine is a very rapidly progressing field. A major strategic focus for AMP is advancing innovation for the purpose of improving patient care. As new technologies emerge, AMP addresses them with evidence-based practice guidelines and education to shape standards for high quality molecular testing.

 

The diversity of AMP’s membership is a major strength. AMP established it's fifth subdivision in 2014 - Informatics - to address the broad range of informatics in pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical activities. The structure of AMP is such that the subdivision representatives to the various committees comprise subdivision leadership "think tanks" that assess the needs of those disciplines. Initiatives informed by these assessments are implemented by the committees, their working groups and task forces.

 

Governance and Management

Goal:  To provide decision-making that is informed and strategic, while ensuring efficient and effective implementation of strategic objectives and administration of the business aspects of the Association.

 

Early objectives reshaped governance to better lead a mature organization, explicitly tied budgets to strategic objectives, and improved efficiency, effectiveness, and capacity. Current objectives are intended to further the visibility and reach of AMP's programs.

 

Membership

Goal:  Establish AMP as a professional association for all types of professionals related to molecular pathology.

 

The objectives encompass several aspects regarding broading and increasing AMP's membership base and developing workforce programs related to molecular pathology. Initiatives directed specifically at trainees and technologists have resulted in membership growth as well as increased involvement from these important member segments.