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Association for Molecular Pathology

General Information for Trainees

 

Important information for trainees and others interested in molecular pathology.

Q&A about AMP, Molecular Pathology, and Genomic Medicine:

  1. What is Molecular Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Genomic Medicine?
  2. Why should I be interested in this medical area specialty? What training do I need? Are there jobs?
  3. Who is the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)?
  4. What are the benefits of membership?
  5. When is AMP's Annual Meeting?
  6. What opportunities do I have as a Resident/Fellow/Student to participate in the Annual Meeting?
  7. What is the Jeff A. Kant - AMP Education Fund?
  8. Need more information after exploring the AMP website?

 

What is Molecular Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Genomic Medicine?

Molecular Pathology is a discipline of pathology that specializes in nucleic acid testing for inherited disorders (Molecular Genetics), infectious diseases (Molecular Microbiology), cancer (Molecular Oncology), and pharmacogenetics. Molecular Diagnostics goes beyond nucleic acid testing to include protein-based assays and may involve other analytes. Genomic Pathology is a subset within molecular pathology that focuses on the design, validation, and implementation of molecular diagnostics tools aiming to cover much larger components of the genome than traditional single gene assays. Examples of genomic pathology include cytogenomic arrays, expression arrays, and next generation sequencing. Genomic pathology and the Information Age combine to form Genomic Medicine. Genomic Medicine allows for diagnosis of multigenic disorders (such as cardiomyopathies) and provides disease prediction data that empowers patients to alter their lifestyles prior to developing a disease state. Furthermore Genomic Medicine allows practitioners to utilize the genetic profile of the individual, their microbiome, or the causative agent of an infectious disease to more accurately identify the optimal pharmaceutical, medical, or surgical intervention for a given clinical presentation. The predictive and preventive powers of Genomic Medicine promote a true personalized approach to medical care, and have the potential to positively impact health on both an individual and global scale.

Why should I be interested in this medical area specialty? What training do I need? Are there jobs?
Certification Routes in Molecular Pathology
Molecular Pathology Training Programs

What is the Association for Molecular Pathology?
As the leading international organization for Molecular Pathology/Laboratory Genomic Medicine education, AMP is a not-for-profit scientific society that advances the clinical practice, science, and excellence of molecular and genomic laboratory medicine through education, innovation, and advocacy to enable highest quality health care.

What are the benefits of AMP membership?

We are proud to offer reduced rates for trainees ( Fellows, Residents, or Students) as "Associate Members" - only $35 per year!
Member benefits include:

  • Reduced rates for our annual meeting
  • Online access to The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
  • Online education and continuing education opportunities
  • Access to CHAMP, AMP's online member community for discussions, networking, policy updates, and other member-generated content!
  • Links to fellowship programs
  • And much more!

 

When is AMP's Annual Meeting?
November 16-18, 2017, Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT. Abstracts will be accepted through May 31. Visit the meeting page for more information about registration and the scientific program.

What opportunities do I have as a Resident/Fellow/Student to participate in the Annual Meeting?

  • The opportunity to present your work as a poster! Abstract submissions will be accepted through May 31. Notification of acceptance is in mid-July.
  • Travel and Poster Awards for trainees are available.
  • Young Investigator Awards for the three best posters submitted by AMP member trainees.
  • Diversity Assistance Grants are available for two technologists or trainees associated with a minority-serving institution. These travel awards will include a $1,500 stipend, for travel and expenses, and free registration for the AMP 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibits.
  • ICPI Trainee Travel Awards ($500 each) to offset travel costs for AMP member trainees.
  • Early Bird Sessions for Trainee Case Study presentations in the scientific areas of genetics, hematopathology, infectious diseases, solid tumors, or informatics. Solicitations begin in early June.

What is the Jeff A. Kant - AMP Education Fund?
The Jeffrey A. Kant - AMP Education Fund was established to honor Jeffrey A. Kant, MD, PhD. As one of AMP's founding members, its first President, the first recipient of the AMP Leadership Award, a Chair of the AMP Economic Affairs Committee and in holding many other leadership roles, Dr. Kant's tireless work in his profession and on behalf of AMP will have a lasting legacy. As a mentor to many in the field of molecular diagnostics, Dr. Kant valued getting trainees into molecular diagnostics, involved in AMP, and facilitating community among AMP members. This webpage is associated with the event you attended as the next step in exploring more about molecular pathology and engaging yourself into the field!

Need more information after exploring the AMP website? Contact: AMPEducation@amp.org

 Learn more about joining AMP as an Associate (trainee) member