Preparing Healthcare Providers for Genomic Medicine

Now available: 2019 Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructors Materials

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 knowledge questions were initially ungraded but, following several years of a pilot phase, genomic pathalogy is now an official component of the RISE.   We have published an initial assessment of this data in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology: The Current State of Resident Training in Genomic Pathology - A Comprehensive Analysis Using the Resident In-Service Examination.

Beginning in 2015, genomics survey questions have also been incorporated in the RISE-FIRST examination for pathology residents just starting their pathology residency program.  Greater than 60% pathology residency programs in the United States participate.  Similar to the RISE for pathology residents, the survey responses can be used to determine the status of medical student genomics training.  The UTRIG Working Group is taking an active role in development of the RISE-FIRST survey questions with plans to also incorporate knowledge questions into the exam.

We have also published results from our initial 3 TRIG pathalogy resident workshops as an “Educational Innovation” in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education: Using a Team-Based Learning Approach at National Meetings to Teach Residents Genomic Pathology. Results from adapting the Universal Modules to cardiology have also been published: Improving Genomic Literacy Among Cardiovascular Practitioners via a Flipped-Classroom Workshop at a National Meeting.


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