Association for Molecular Pathology


February 2011, Volume 17, Number 1


Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
January 2011: A New Year and a New Mode of Publishing The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
Increased Flexibility in the ASIP Journal CME/SAM Programs in 2011
From the Coding and Coverage Corner
AMP 2010 Photo Album
AMP Photo Contest Winners
AMP Test Directory
Web Editorial Board
Young Investigator Awards
2010 Young Investigator Awardees
Technologist Awards
2010 Technologist Awardees
2010 Technologist Travel Awardees
Trainee Travel Awards
Minority Trainee Travel Awards
ICPI Trainee Travel Awards
Committee Reports
Clinical Practice Committee
Economic Affairs Committee
Membership & Professional Development Committee
Nominating Committee
Professional Relations Committee
Program Committee
Publications Committee
Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
Infectious Diseases
Solid Tumors
2011 AMP Officers and Appointees
This Newsletter is published three times a year by the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP). The contents of the Newsletter may not be reproduced for distribution of any kind without the express, specific, written permission of the association. AMP will not publish and/or post material that is primarily commercial in nature. Articles, announcements, and news briefs are welcome and will be edited and published at the discretion of the editors. Copyright 2011, Association for Molecular Pathology.

Teresita Cuyegkeng Redondo, MD
Marlene Sabbath-Solitare, PhD
Production Editor:
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President's Message

By Timothy J. O'Leary, MD, PhD



The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) begins 2011 stronger than ever as a result of a diverse, committed and hard-working membership comprised of physicians, other doctoral laboratory scientists, and technologists all committed to improving public health by improving the practice of molecular diagnosis. Our members include those from the diagnostic products industry, commercial laboratories, community hospitals, academic institutions, the nonprofit sector, and government, all of whom seek a reimbursement framework that facilitates best clinical practice, a regulatory framework that promotes innovative and effective use of increasingly complex diagnostic strategies, and an educational experience that facilitates optimal use of molecular diagnostic methods to help our patients. The breadth and commitment of this membership has given the Association a disproportionate influence advancing our field, because they have given rise to effective annual meetings, effective advocacy, and a willingness to tackle important but controversial issues, such as gene patenting.
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January 2011: A New Year and a New Mode of Publishing The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics

By Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD
Executive Officer

As previously announced, in January we moved the publication The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD) to Elsevier. As I write this, we are in the final stages of implementation of the transition of the online Journal from HighWire to the Elsevier online platforms (HealthConnect and ScienceDirect), and the Journal Editorial Office in Bethesda is proofing galleys for the March issue of JMD to prepare articles for print and online publication. My editorials in the January issue of JMD explained the rationale for our decision to move post-production services from self-publishing to managed publishing by Elsevier (Sobel, ME: A New Approach to Publishing High-Quality Scientific Content in the JMD. J Mol Diagn 2011, 13:1-2.) The purpose of this article is to provide our members, authors, and readers with answers to Frequently Asked Questions about what this means, and how they can best interact with the Journal and AMP. Please see the companion article on the 2011 JMD CME Program for information about changes and increased flexibility in this popular educational program.
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AMP Photo Contest Winners

A number of photos were submitted for the AMP Newsletter 2010 Photo Contest.

On the basis of originality and quality, we, the Editors of the AMP Newsletter selected “AMP Divas” by Jennifer Hunt, “Sunshine from the Other Planet” by Zhen Wang and “AMP Women Who Shop” by Jean Amos Wilson and Vicky Pratt. The photos were to include at least one meeting attendee and be somewhat entertaining, amusing or creative.

Congratulations to Jennifer, Zhen, Jean, and Vicky!

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AMP Gratefully Acknowledges the Support of our 2010 Corporate Partners

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