Publications Committee Report
By Ted E. Schutzbank, PhD
Chair, Publications Committee and Secretary-Treasurer
One of the valuable resources available to AMP members on the AMP website is the AMP Web Library. The Library is divided into 3 main "repositories", Library Resources, AMP Annual Meeting Presentations, and AMP Companion Meetings at USCAP. The last of these 3 sections is up to date, with the posting of the 2010 scientific presentations. The other two sections are another story. We never get a very good collection of presentations from the AMP Annual Meetings. This is because we either do not receive the presentations from the presenters, or do not have received their permission to post the slide sets, which are posted as PDF files. Having these presentation slides available to our membership is an excellent source of information, and of great educational value. During the 2010 meeting all of the presenters will be again asked to sign a release form, so that the presentations can be converted to PDF files, and posted to the Library. If you are a presenter, please strongly consider signing the form, and adding your material to the Web Library for future use by our members.
The remaining repository, Library Resources, is organized by discipline, and specialty areas (Administration and Regulatory Issues, Genetics, Hematopathology, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Case Study Learning Modules, Solid Tumors, Techniques and Technology, and Webinars). The Case Study educational area was developed by the Training and Education Committee. I strongly recommend everyone to visit this site and take advantage of an excellent educational program. All of the AMP sponsored webinars are also archived in the Library Resources section, and are available to all members. If you click on the remaining headers, however, you will find that some of the areas have had no postings since 2002 (Hematopathology is one example). The most recent postings are from 2006 (Genetics and Infectious Diseases). The fields of Molecular Pathology and Molecular Diagnostic are rapidly evolving, and in constant change in all areas, technical, ethical, and regulatory. The proliferation of new information among our peer group is incumbent on all of us as professionals in our respective disciplines. Keeping the Web Library updated with current information relative to all areas is one very efficient way of maintaining the flow of new information to our members. Over the next several months, the Publications Committee will be working with Kathleen Murphy, the Web Library editor, to determine how we can make the Web Library more relevant and useful to our membership. I am requesting that if anyone has any suggestions along those lines, please pass them on to Kathleen (firstname.lastname@example.org), and to me. I cannot stress strongly enough how valuable an educational and informational resource the Web Library can be to all of us, but we all need to participate to make it work.
Lastly, I want to recognize and thank all the members of the Publications Committee this year for their participation and hard work:
CHAMP Moderators: Qiulu Pan/Bernadette Wildemore
The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics Editor-in-Chief: Timothy O'Leary
Newsletter Co-Editors: Teresita Cuyegkeng Redondo and Marlene Sabbath-Solitare
AMP Test Directory Editor: Alexis Carter
AMP Web Library Editor: Kathleen M. Murphy
Website Editor: Mary Lowery Nordberg
Ex Officio Members:
Karen Mann, AMP President
Mark E. Sobel, Executive Officer
Mary Steele Williams, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Scientific Programs
And a special thanks to Kathleen Carmody, Project Manager, for all her help during the past year.
I consider myself fortunate to be able to work with such an incredibly talented group of people. 2010 has been a very successful year, but there is still much to do.