Preparing Pathologists for a Leading Role in Genomics

Online Genomic Pathology Modules Now Available!


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

Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructor Materials

The TRIG Working Group Resident Genomic Pathology Workshop Instructor Handbook and Toolkit provides the materials and guidance needed to implement a structured and field-tested introductory resident genomic pathology curriculum. Released in 2014, the curriculum consists of approximately seven hours of instruction and uses a flipped classroom and team-based learning approach. The instructor leading this workshop does not need to be an expert in genomic pathology, however; a strong background in molecular pathology is recommended.

Online Genomic Pathology Modules

A series of online modules have been created to simulate a team-based learning (TBL) experience offered at the in-person workshops. Released in 2016, the four core areas of the TRIG Working Group curriculum are covered: single gene testing; prognostic gene panel testing; design of a multigene assay and whole exome sequencing. Following introductory information providing the curricular framework, each of the four core modules consist of the following components

  • An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute interactive PowerPoint lecture that allows the participant to answer preparation questions and review content needed to undertake the TBL activity.
  • A 30-45 minute activity simulating the TBL environment. The participant answers questions with their “team” and learns, through guided simulation, the use of online genomics tools.
  • An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute PowerPoint lecture presenting answers to the activity questions. At the end of the final module there is also a summary of the key concepts and a short review of non-oncology genomic testing.

These modules were highly reviewed during the piloting process as an enjoyable educational experience that successfully translates the in-person workshop to the virtual environment.

Please note that these materials are not specifically endorsed by any of the cooperating organizations listed on the website.