AMP 2018: Training and Education Opportunities at AMP
While the Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting & Expo is the pinnacle of the association’s educational calendar, AMP offers educational initiatives throughout the year in a variety of formats, many of which offer continuing education credit. “Our goal is to reach audiences, ranging from trainees to senior practising physicians, wherever they are and provide them with a broad range of resources to support their ongoing education,” said Cecilia Yeung, MD, chair of AMP’s Training & Education Committee. “Whether you learn best in person or wish to keep up with the latest molecular trends throughout the year online, our up-to-date resources are available to help advance your skills and career.”
For beginners and individuals interested in brushing up their knowledge, AMP offers the in-person Molecular Pathology Outreach Course every year on the day before the annual meeting in the host city. Next May, AMP will offer the course internationally for the first time in conjunction with the second Global Congress on Molecular Pathology in Hong Kong.
Molecular Genetic Pathology (MGP) Subspecialty Certification Exam candidates and individuals prepping for other exams have the option of taking an intense in-person 3.5-day review course offered every other year or purchasing recorded sessions from the previous year online. “The MGP Review course provides an opportunity to learn directly from experts in the field,” said Yeung. The 2019 course will be held from May 16-19 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Since launching the redesigned AMPEDTM online education platform in 2017, AMP has increased its catalogue of recorded webinars by close to 3.5-fold and its library of free resources by close to four-fold. To engage a broad audience, AMP has recently partnered with other societies and corporate partners to explore topics such as non-small cell lung cancer, the 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) updates in hematologic malignancies, and tumour mutational burden. In addition, AMP hosts free online corporate workshops as well as webinars discussing its latest clinical practice guidelines, with recent sessions addressing next-generation sequencing pipelines, chronic myeloid neoplasms, CYP2C19 genotyping allele selection, and much more.
In addition, Training & Education Committee volunteers have released a popular series of free “Molecular in My Pocket” guides on numerous oncology topics, as well as on some of AMP’s subdivision specialities including genetics, hematopathology, solid tumours and infectious diseases. “Molecular tests impact patient care in many medical specialities, and the need for publicly-available basic education resources is greater than ever,” said Yeung. “AMP seeks to strengthen the healthcare field by demonstrating its value in educating other medical professionals on the best practices of molecular pathology. Things are changing so fast, but we’re all in this together.”
The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (JMD), the highest-ranked journal in the field with an impact factor of 4.88, is co-owned by AMP and the American Society for Investigative Pathology. Together, these societies offer the Continuing Medical Education Program in Molecular Diagnostics. This annual program consists of bimonthly exams, each containing at least 12 questions based on articles appearing in the JMD which are available online for registered participants. Registrants can earn 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the successful completion of each bimonthly exam. In addition, JMD publishes all the cutting-edge abstracts presented at the AMP Annual Meeting & Expo each autumn.
“AMP is uniquely positioned to offer members and other medical professionals the expertise needed to advance molecular pathology and precision medicine,” said Yeung. “This is a very exciting time and I look forward to seeing where our field advances in the future.”