Association for Molecular Pathology                       
Newsletter
February 2009, Volume 15, Number 1

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
• Message from the Past President
• 
AMP Test Directory
• CHAMP
• 
The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
• Web Editorial Board Report
• 2008 Annual Meeting Photo
  Album
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
• Economic Affairs Committee
• Membership & Professional   
  Development Committee
• Nominating Committee
• Professional Relations
  Committee
• Program Committee
• Publications Committee
• Strategic Planning Committee
• Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees

AMP International Chapters

The Membership and Professional Development Committee has created a mechanism for the formation of international chapters.  If you reside or work outside the
United States, you are invited to explore with AMP the formation of an AMP chapter in your country.  To obtain an AMP International Chapter Policy document and application, contact Ann Marie Bocus, AMP Membership Manager at ambocus@asip.org.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Williams at mwilliams@amp.org.
 
Membership and Professional Development Committee Report

By Helen Fernandes, PhD (fernande@umdnj.edu) and
Rick Press, MD, PhD (pressr@ohsu.edu), Co-Chairs,
Membership and Professional Development Committee

The Membership and Professional Development Committee (MPDC) had a successful start-up in 2008. The purpose of the Committee was to promote the mission of AMP by increasing involvement of members and increase the visibility of AMP through national and international collaborations. Over the past year the four-member Committee (Helen Fernandes and Rick Press, Co-Chairs; Robyn Temple-Smolkin and Shuji Ogino, members) worked with Mary Williams and the AMP Council to establish the following:

·         Clarified eligibility and benefits for the “Emeritus” membership category.

·         An online application process where interested members can sign up for assisting the various committees.

·         Screening process for helping the committees in the selection of the most appropriate candidate(s) for working groups and assignments.

·         A Volunteer management system to keep track of applicants and their interests.

·         Guidelines for set up of international chapters with sister organizations that specialize in Molecular Pathology.

·         Surveys that are circulated to AMP members to assess and improve the performance within the organization.

The MPDC is currently in the process of responding to the requests of AMP members to develop local interest groups where AMP members can meet to discuss and promote the education and developmental needs of the discipline of Molecular Pathology.