Association for Molecular Pathology


October 2010, Volume 16, Number 3


Training and Education Committee Report

Karen Weck, MD

By Karen Weck, MD
Chair, Training and Education Committee


I would like to extend a congratulations and warm welcome to the newly elected members of the 2011 Training and Education (T&E) Committee: Amrik Sahota (Genetics), Sara Taylor (Hematopathology), Melinda Poulter (Infectious Diseases), and Kathy Mangold (Solid Tumors). The current and returning members of the T&E Committee look forward to working with you on new projects and ongoing initiatives.

The 2010 online Webinar series has been a great success. This past July Duane Newton presented a webinar on "Molecular Diagnostics and Hospital-Acquired Infections," and in August Christine Ginocchio presented "Lessons Learned from the Epicenter of the New York H1N1 Pandemic." If you missed these, they are available to AMP members in the AMP Web Library archive.

September's webinar "Molecular coding and billing 101" by Jeffrey Kant was also a popular workshop topic at the Annual Meeting in recent years. Finally, Jaclyn Beigel will speak on "Genomic Arrays in Pediatric Oncology" on December 9, 2010. Keep your eyes open on CHAMP for announcements and registration information for this upcoming webinar. Registration for all webinars is free and is available to both AMP members and non-members.

It is hard to believe that the Annual Meeting is just around the corner. This is a busy time of year for all of us at AMP. Each year the T&E Committee hosts a Molecular Pathology Outreach Course prior to the Annual Meeting. This year, the course will be on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California and is entitled "Current Applications of Molecular Pathology: Real Time Updates and Case Studies." The course is geared to community pathologists and other professionals with little experience in molecular diagnostics who want to get up to speed with current molecular technologies and applications. Many past attendees have found the course to be good preparation for attendance at the Annual Meeting. Complete course program and registration information is available on the AMP website at

Trainees, do not forget to sign up for the trainee luncheon at the Annual Meeting. Dara Aisner and Craig Mackinnon, the T&E 2010 junior members, have put together a great panel of speakers from academic, industry and private practice settings who are recent MGP program graduates to give advice on job searching based on their recent experience. In addition, there will be a book giveaway at the luncheon with winners selected during the luncheon, so plan to arrive on time to put your name in the hat. If you have suggestions for discussion at the luncheon or ideas for future trainee programs, contact Dara ( or Craig (

Finally, each year the T&E Committee selects the winners of the Young Investigator Awards (YIA). We are looking forward to seeing this year's YIA posters and meeting with each of the young investigators to hear about their work. See you in San Jose!