In the two decades since Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–accredited Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowships began, the field of clinical molecular pathology has evolved considerably. The American Board of Pathology gathered data from board-certified molecular genetic pathologists assessing the alignment of skills and knowledge gained during fellowship with current needs on the job. The Association of Molecular Pathology conducted a parallel survey of program directors, and included questions on how various topics were taught during fellowship, as well as ranking their importance. Both surveys showed that most training aligned well with the practice needs of former trainees. Genomic profiling of tumors by next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, laboratory management, and regulatory issues were topics thought to require increased emphasis in training. Topics related to clinical genetics and microbiology were deemed less important by those in practice, perhaps reflecting the increasing subspecialization of molecular pathologists. Program directors still viewed these topics as important to provide foundational knowledge. Parentage, identity, and human leukocyte antigen testing were less important to both survey audiences. These data may be helpful in guiding future adjustments to the Molecular Genetic Pathology curriculum and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program requirements.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Medicine