Molecular & Genomic Pathology - Training Opportunities

The Division offers training in Molecular Anatomic Pathology for pathology residents and MAP and other subspecialty anatomic pathology fellows. The training providers in-depths exposure to all aspects of molecular diagnostics in anatomic pathology based on the routine testing of specimens received from the general surgical services at the Presbyterian and Montefiore University Hospitals, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Hospital, as well as from other UPMC hospitals and the surgical oncology groups affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Trainees receive an introduction to the principles of molecular testing in tissue samples, molecular techniques used in clinical molecular anatomic pathology laboratory, and have direct exposure to molecular diagnostics assays performed on solid tumors, as well as participation in marking slides for microdissection, interpretation of tests results, and report construction. They also develop familiarity with basic administrative, technical, safety and quality control issues pertinent to the operation of the molecular diagnostic laboratory. The fellows and residents have an opportunity to participate in research aimed to develop and validate new molecular diagnostic assays in the area of oncology.

Teaching Opportunities

In addition to the in-depth training in molecular anatomic pathology for pathology residents and fellows, the Division is involved in teaching of medical students. MAP faculty provide teaching as part of the Genomics, Research Skills and Informatics in Pathology (GRIP) course for PGY-2 pathology residents. Their lectures cover principles of molecular testing in anatomic pathology, main targetable molecular pathways in solid tumors, laboratory techniques for molecular testing in oncology, and application of next generation sequencing for molecular testing in oncology. Additionally, MAP faculty offer a Mini-Elective course for medical students (Course Directors, Simion Chiosea and Marina Nikiforova) entitled "Personalized Medicine: The Impact of Molecular Testing on Patient Care." This course introduces students to principles and current applications of personalized medicine.