As the field of molecular pathology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, so do the related challenges and opportunities. The number and scope of AMP projects are growing rapidly as well. AMP members have the opportunity to help shape the field and to support AMP's strategic plan by serving on a committee, working group, or task force. Learn about what the various committees and volunteer groups at AMP do and take action to get involved.
AMP is committed to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusivity, as outlined in the statement released by the AMP Board of Directors on 17 June 2020, which will serve as the cornerstone on which this DEI Working Group will build. We are seeking members to a new working group through February 26, 2021.
Time Commitment: Members will be appointed for a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years. There will be monthly one-hour conference calls, which could be more frequent depending on project timelines.
The Application and Selection: We seek to construct a group of 7-9 AMP members with self-identified diverse demographic characteristics and a range of experiences. Also important for selection is an expression on the application of a high level of interest. The application intentionally does not request a CV. The Membership Affairs Committee and AMP staff will review all applications and make recommendations to the AMP Executive Committee for consideration of appointment.
There are three types of volunteer positions at AMP:
Following is a checklist developed by the Membership Affairs Committee to help you increase your involvement in AMP, provide leadership for your profession, and advance your career.
Check out the list of AMP Committees and their related roles and responsibilities within AMP.
A strong circle of colleagues, including your peers, is critical to developing your career path. Getting involved with AMP is a fast track to developing your professional network.
Email addresses for all Committee Chairs are in the Membership Directory on CHAMP. Feel free to contact any member of AMP leadership directly with your questions, ideas, concerns, or to communicate your interest in getting involved in the work of their committee.
A great way to get involved in AMP is to utilize CHAMP - the member's-only listserv to which all members are automatically subscribed. Even if it's just a few times a year, your CHAMP postings can help to expand your network in AMP and get you and your expertise noticed.
Make a list of key individuals with whom you want to connect and look up their contact information in the online member directory. Then set a date during the Annual Meeting & Expo to connect for coffee, to browse the posters, or attend a session together. There's no better opportunity to connect with your colleagues face-to-face than at the AMP Annual Meeting & Expo.
You can do this by reaching out to a committee chair or by responding to one of the occasional calls for volunteers that are posted to CHAMP or on the Volunteer/Nominations Portal. Some opportunities are designed for specific member types like trainees or specific subdivision experts.
With more than 2,400 members and just 200 opportunities to serve, not everyone who volunteers can be utilized at any given time. AMP is expanding its time-limited projects, so stay in contact with the appropriate committee chair. Eventually, a project to which you can contribute your expertise and enthusiasm will arise. As with everything else in your career, early inquiries and frequent contacts yield the most success.