Preparing Pathologists for a Leading Role in Genomics

Online Genomic Pathology Modules Now Available!


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.

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The TRIG Working Group has held genomic pathology workshops and courses at the annual meetings of major pathology organizations.  An Instructor Handbook and Toolkit are now available to enable residency programs to locally implement similar training.

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).”  

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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)
Elizabeth Azzato, MD, PhD
Frederic Barr, MD, PhD
Andrew H. Beck, MD, MS
Karen Frank, MD, PhD
Madhuri Hegde, PhD, FACMG
Karen Kaul, MD, PhD
Debra Leonard, MD, PhD
John Pfeifer, MD, PhD
Henry Rinder, MD
Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Varga, MS, CGC
Chad Vanderbilt, MD
Tamara Williams, PhD

Scientific advisors:
Grace Huang, MD
Peter Tonellato, PhD
Loren Joseph, MD

Outside Reviewers:
Phillip Connors, MS, LGC
Loren Joseph, MD
Jennifer Laudadio, MD
Cindy McCloskey, MD
Jill Krejdovsky, MS, LGC
Gaurav Sharma, MD


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)
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
Eric R. Parks, PhD
Asma Ali, PhD
Michelle Martin
Karisa Munoz, MEd
Matthew Smith
Ryan Soles
Jay Wagner


ASIP Staff

Priscilla S. Markwood, CAE