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This is a one-year fellowship program in molecular genetic pathology accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also offers ACGME-accredited training programs in pathology, providing the appropriate academic environment for training in molecular genetic pathology.
The Laboratory of Diagnostic Molecular Pathology performs more than 9,000 diagnostic assays annually. Fellows will receive training in the performance and interpretation of various molecular diagnostic tests in the diagnosis of cancer and inherited disorders as well as monitoring of bone marrow transplant engraftment. While the program covers all areas of MGP training, fellows will gain exceptional training in cancer-related somatic and germline genetic testing. With the inclusion in the training of an affiliated clinical laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center that performs pediatric noncancer germline testing, the volume and variety of molecular testing for somatic and inherited genetic alterations and infectious diseases provide ample opportunity for fellows to become competent in the field of molecular genetic pathology. We estimate that each fellow is directly involved in approximately 5,000 cases over the course of the year. The fellows form a key element of the laboratory team and participate in bench work, review, interpretation, and discussion of test results. Test interpretation will take place under faculty supervision. Correlation with clinical and morphological parameters is stressed, and ample opportunity is given for participation in research projects. The fellowship may be used toward board-certification eligibility in molecular genetic pathology.