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Molecular Genetic Pathology

Directed by Zoran Gatalica, MD, DSc
Caris Life Sciences

This course provides practicing pathologists with the most up-to-date information on the rapidly evolving field of molecular genetic pathology. This field has evolved to a point at which it has a major impact on most, if not all, areas of medicine, hence easy to understand practical guidelines will help pathologists stay current in their interactions with their clinical colleagues and ever-more knowledgeable patients demanding most accurate diagnosis and personalized care.
CE RELEASE March 15, 2015
CE EXPIRE March 15, 2018
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This program covers state-of-the-art tools and methods in molecular genetic testing for inherited diseases, cancer, infectious disease and pharmacogenomics.

Intended Audience

Pathology residents and practicing pathologists without formal molecular pathology training/fellowship.

Topics & Speakers

  • Introduction to Molecular Genetics Methods in Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Hematopathology I
  • Hematopathology II
    Tina Edmonston, MD

  • Introduction to FISH, Conventional Cytogenetics and Arrays
  • Sarcoma
    Julia Bridge, MD

  • Cancer Genetics 1 and 2
    Ryan Bender, PhD, FACMG and Anatole Ghazalpour, PhD

  • Lung Cancer
  • Personalized Medicine
    Federico A. Monzon, MD

  • Molecular Genetics of Gastrointestinal Neoplasia
    Allison M. Cushman-Vokoun, MD, PhD, FCAP

  • The Molecular Genetics of Hereditary Breast Cancer
    Jeffrey Swensen, PhD

  • Influence of Genetic Variation on Drug Response
    Gargi Basu, PhD



    Program/Course Director

    Zoran Gatalica, MD, DSc
    Executive Director of Oncologic Pathology
    Caris Life Sciences
    Phoenix, AZ
    Adjunct Professor of Pathology
    Creighton University School of Medicine
    Omaha, NE
    (Phoenix Campus, Arizona)


    Gargi Basu, PhD
    Evidence and Reporting

    Ryan Bender, PhD, FACMG
    Director, Molecular Genetics
    Caris Life Sciences

    Julia Bridge, MD, FACMG
    Director, Nebraska Collaborative Laboratory
    Director, Tissue Banking Core Facility
    Director, Sarcoma Rearrangement Testing for Molecular Diagnostics

    Allison M. Cushman, MD, PhD, FCAP
    Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
    Department of Pathology and Microbiology
    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Tina Edmonston, MD
    Associate Professor of Pathology
    Cooper Medical School at Rowan University
    Director of Molecular Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    Cooper University Hospital
    Camden, NJ

    Anatole Ghazalpour, PhD, FACMG
    Associate Director, Molecular Genetics
    Caris Life Sciences

    Federico A. Monzon, MD
    Medical Director, Oncology
    Invitae Corporation
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Pathology and Immunology
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Jeffrey Swensen, PhD, FACMG
    Associate Director, Molecular Genetics
    Caris Life Sciences


    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
    • Describe the common types of genetic testing currently in use in various aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology
    • Recognize the need for molecular genetic testing in the context of daily practice
    • Identify underlying genetic abnormalities in common diseases
    • Apply the consensus diagnostic terms when using molecular genetic testing
    • Discuss the impact of discovered genetic change with clinical colleagues or patients
    • Apply the most updated knowledge to the principles of “personalized medicine”


    Accreditation Statement

    Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


    Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Date of Original Release: March 15, 2015
    Date Credits Expire: March 15, 2018

    CME credit is awarded upon successful completion of a course evaluation and post-test.