TRIG

Preparing Pathologists for a Leading Role in Genomics

Genomic Pathology Workshop for Residents
An interactive post-ASCP 2014 workshop from the Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Working Group.

Saturday, October 11, 8a.m.-3:30p.m.
Tampa Marriott Waterside
(Special Post-Meeting Event)

Space is limited, please use this link to register. Additional information will follow by e-mail.

In 2003, after over 10 years and $2 billion, the first human genome was sequenced. Today, next-generation methods allow a whole genome to be sequenced for $10,000 in several weeks. Genomic testing is rapidly entering clinical practice. Despite the growing application of genomic methods to patient care, there is evidence that physicians do not even understand single-gene molecular testing let alone genomic analysis.

As the major providers of diagnostic testing, pathologists and medical laboratory professionals are in an ideal position to guide both clinicians and patients alike in understanding genomics information.

For any questions about the TRIG program contact TRIG@ascp.org.

This website is supported by the National Institutes of Health (1R25CA168544-01).

The Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Working Group is made up of experts in molecular pathology, residency directors as well as genetic counselors.  Current members of the TRIG workGroup include:

Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD (Chair)
James Atkinson, MD
Elizabeth Azzato, MD PhD MPH
Frederic Barr, MD, PhD
Andrew Beck, MD
Karen Frank, MD, PhD
Madhuri Hegde, PhD
Karen Kaul, MD, PhD
Debra Leonard, MD, PhD
John Pfeifer, MD, PhD
Henry Rinder, MD
Iris Schrijver, MD
Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD
VO Speights, MD
Liz Varga, MS, CGC

Scientific advisors:
Peter Tonellato, PhD; Dennis Wall, PhD; and Lauren Briere, MS, CGC

 

Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Working Group Cooperating Organizations

Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS)
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)
Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)
Association of Pathology Chairs (APC)
Pathology Residency Program Directors Section (PRODS)
Undergraduate Medical Educators Section (UMEDS)
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ICPI)
National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)
National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists (USCAP)

 

ASCP Staff

Suzanne Ziemnik, MEd
Shiwen Song, MD, PhD
Nancie Thompson
Lucy Beck
Eric Parks, PhD
Asma Ali, PhD
Karisa Munoz, MEd

 

ASIP Staff

Priscilla S. Markwood, CAE

 

 

About

In 2010, the Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Working Group was formed through the Pathology Residency Directors Section (PRODS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC). The goals of this group, made up of experts in medical education, molecular pathology, and clinical genetics, are to develop teaching tools, and promote genomic pathology education. The TRIG Working Group represents a unique collaborative effort in pathology education with members from many major pathology organizations and representatives from the National Society of Genetic Counselors, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the National Coalition for Health Provider Education in Genetics.

View members of the TRIG Working Group

Through the TRIG Working Group, a series of four lectures has been created. First released in 2012, the topics covered include genomic methods, clinical interpretation of genomic testing, and communicating and reporting genomic test results to other clinicians and patients.

Based on their accomplishments, the TRIG Working Group received in 2012 an R25 grant from the National Cancer Institute. Providing approximately $1.3 million over five years, this funding will be used, with design support from ASCP, to develop additional educational resources such as online modules as well as assessment tools to determine curriculum efficacy. The specific aims of the grant are:

Aim #1
To develop a pathology resident genomic medicine curriculum, with a major focus on cancer care, as well as tools for national implementation.”

Aim #2

To evaluate the curriculum using a pre/post-test design at four pathology residency programs using validated assessment tools.”

Aim #3

To promote curriculum implementation using the resources of major national pathology organizations so that >90% of pathology residency programs nationwide have high-quality training in cancer genomics by the end of year 5.”

Aim #4

To assess the degree of nationwide implementation and efficacy of curricula in genomic medicine using the pathology resident in-service exam (RISE).”

 

Courses/Workshops

With NIH providing approximately $1.3 million in funding over five years, this grant will allow the TRIG Working Group to create workshops and courses to further assist residency programs in educating their trainees in genomic pathology.

     
USCAP Annual Meeting
March 1–7, 2014
San Diego, CA

Resident Workshop
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9am–5pm
ACLPS 2014 Annual Meeting
May 29–31, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Attendee Workshop
Thursday, May 29, 2014
2:15pm–5pm
APC 2014 Annual Meeting
July 8–11, 2014
Boston, MA

Attendee Workshop
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
3pm–5:30pm
     
CAP 2014
Sept. 7–10, 2014
Chicago, IL

Attendee Course
Genomic Pathology 101:
Practical Information for the Practicing Pathologist
September 7, 2014
2pm-5:30 pm
ASCP 2014
Oct. 8–11, 2014
Tampa, FL

Resident Workshop
Genomic Pathology Day-long Workshop
Saturday, October 11, 2014
8am-3:30pm




Testimonials from ASCP2013:
Over 90% of participants would recommend the workshop to other residents

[The workshop] improved my understanding of available tools for clinical evaluation.”

It [the workshop] has given me a better perspective on communicating the results with clinicians.”

[The workshop] deepened my perspective regarding genomic medicine.”

Keep up the good work! Please repeat!”

Excellent course. I am taking this back to my home institution.”
Testimonials from CAP 2013:
This was the best course so far that I have attended at CAP13.”

This is a constantly advancing field. Do this again next year with updates.”

This is one of the best presentations I have heard at any pathology meeting.”

 

Resources

The initial output from the TRIG Working Group was a series of four lectures released in 2012. The R25 funding allows for the creation of additional resources such as online modules.

Current Lecture Materials

The following represents the efforts of the Training Residents in Genomics (TRIG) Working Group of the Pathology Residency Directors Section (PRODS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC).  Formed in 2010 to facilitate the education of pathology residents in genomics, the TRIG Working Group consists of experts in molecular pathology, genetic counseling, and medical education.

First released in 2012, these lectures and references cover genomic methods, clinical interpretation of genomic testing, and communicating and reporting genomic test results to other clinicians and patients.  

*Please note that the lectures and online materials are not specifically endorsed by any of the cooperating organizations listed on the website. The lectures have also not been updated since 2012 and the TRIG Working Group is actively working on new resources.

Reference Information (.pdf)
Lecture I: Genomic Pathology: An Introduction (.ppt)
Lecture II: Genomic Methods (.ppt)
Lecture III: Interpreting Genomic Information for Clinical Care (.ppt)
Lecture IV: Genomic Medicine: Communicating with the Patient (.ppt)



 

Measurement & Evaluation

Beginning in 2012, the TRIG working group has incorporated genomics-related survey and knowledge questions on the pathology resident in-service exam (RISE). Administered by the ASCP to almost all pathology residents in the United States, the RISE offers an opportunity to assess the national status of resident training in genomic pathology. The questions are currently ungraded but, following this pilot phase, there are plans to incorporate genomics topics as an official component of the RISE.

There are plans for the development of other assessment tools.



 

 


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