Goals and objectives for molecular pathology education in residency programs

Thomas M. Williams, Frank Burns, Domnita Crisan, J. Steven Dumler, Louis M. Fink, Thomas S. Frank, Timothy Greiner, Jeffrey A. Kant, Vickie Matthias-Hagen, Linda Sabatini

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Increasing knowledge of the molecular basis of disease and advances in technology for analyzing nucleic acids and gene products are changing pathology practice. The explosion of information regarding inherited susceptibility to disease is an important aspect of this transformation. Pathology residency programs are incorporating molecular pathology education into their curricula to prepare newly trained pathologists for the future, yet little guidance has been available regarding the important components of molecular pathology training. We present general goals for pathology training programs for molecular pathology education. These include recommendations to pathology residents for the acquisition of both basic knowledge in human genetics and molecular biology and specific skills relevant to microbiology, molecular oncology, genetics, histocompatibility, and identity determination. The importance of residents gaining facility in integrating data gained via nucleic acid based-technology with other laboratory and clinical information available in the care of patients is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular Diagnostics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Medicine


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