Q&A about AMP, Molecular Pathology, and Genomic Medicine:
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 FREE membership for trainees ( Fellows, Residents, or Students) as "Associate Members" (for the duration of training; maxium of 7 years)
Member benefits include:
When is AMP's Annual Meeting & Expo?
Visit the AMP Events Calendar for more information about upcoming meeting information and registration.
What opportunities do I have as a Resident/Fellow/Student to participate in the Annual Meeting & Expo?
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!
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