Short Courses and Special Courses

SC28 - AMPlicons: Basic Tools and Emerging Fronts in Molecular Diagnostics

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to a half-hour break.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs


Annette S. Kim, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Cecilia S.C. Yeung, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Course Description

Over the past few years, molecular diagnostic testing has erupted into a wealth of new platforms and methods at all levels of complexity. Simultaneously, the applications of molecular testing have vastly expanded, with molecular lesions forming major criteria for many entities within diagnostic pathology. Despite these advances, molecular pathology training during residency is often very short and may be rapidly outdated within a few years out of training. One case in point is the rapid growth of next generation sequencing (NGS), relatively rare clinically 5-6 years ago as only a minority of clinical laboratories performed NGS. Therefore, many pathologists with more distant training or even current residents at programs without NGS have no to limited formal training. Yet, in institutions using this platform, NGS panels have become mainstays of molecular testing. Moreover, many patients come to their doctors with NGS results in hand from commercial laboratories. Thus, knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of this method are critical to all practicing pathologists. The same applies to other novel methods such as expression profiling and cell-free PCR, to name just a few.

This short course will refresh participants' knowledge in basic molecular methods and introduce them to more recent developments within molecular diagnostics. The case-based, interactive format will provide focused real-life examples of how molecular diagnostic testing may be utilized today in modern pathology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Find appropriate resources for more information on molecular diagnostic testing.
  • Differentiate which molecular diagnostic techniques would be most appropriate for a given clinical case.
  • Consider when NGS would be an appropriate ancillary test in a surgical pathology case.


Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Physicians must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.


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