Preparing Healthcare Providers for Genomic Medicine

Now available: Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit

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.
Through grant support from the National Cancer Institute, the TRIG Working Group has held genomic pathology workshops and courses at the annual meetings of major pathology organizations. Using team-based learning and flipped classroom methods, these workshops have been recognized as an “educational innovation” for the unique approach to teaching at national meetings. An Instructor Handbook and Toolkit - as well as Online Modules are available to enable residency programs and other groups to locally implement similar training.

Through grant support from the National Human Genome Research Institute and working with the Intersociety Coordinating Committee for Health Professional Education in Genomics (ISCC), universal exercises based on the TRIG model have been developed. A Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit are available to allow educators to develop specialty-specific TRIG-based exercises. Using a “plug-and-play” format, in which specialty specific diseases and genes can be added, the modules have been adapted to several specialties including neurology, ophthalmology and cardiology.

In 2016, the Undergraduate Training in Genomics Working Group (UTRIG) was formed under the Undergraduate Medical Educators Section (UMEDS) of the APC. This group, made up of pathology and genetics medical school course directors as well as experts in undergraduate medical education, plans to adapt the TRIG model to medical students.

View working group members and key contributors

For more information regarding TRIG contact trig@ascp.org.

TRIG Members

Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD (Chair)
Elizabeth Azzato, MD, PhD
Frederic Barr, MD, PhD
Lisa Browning, BSc, MBBS
Helen Fernandes, PhD
Jonathan Genzen, MD, PhD
Madhuri Hegde, PhD, FACMG
Karen Kaul, MD, PhD
Debra Leonard, MD, PhD
John Pfeifer, MD, PhD
Henry Rinder, MD
Ryan Robetorye, MD, PhD
Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Varga, MS, CGC
Chad Vanderbilt, MD
Martin Young, BSc, MBBS

UTRIG Members:

Rebecca Wilcox, MD (Co-chair)
Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD (Co-chair)
Patricia Adem, MD
Ebrahim Afshinekoo
James Atkinson, MD
Hoiwan Cheung
Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD
Julia de la Garza, MD
Robin D. LeGallo, MD
Madelyn Lew, MD
Tina Lockwood, PhD
Alice Meiss
Hasan Rizvi, MBBS
Kate Shane-Carson, MS, LGC
Mark E. Sobel, MD, PhD
Eric Suarez, CDER, MC, USN
Laura J. Tafe, MD
Jason Wang, MD

TRIG/UTRIG Advisors

Grace Huang, MD
Loren Joseph, MD
Leah Burke, MD

ASCP Staff

Suzanne Ziemnik, MEd
Judge Bailey
Kellie Beumer
Michelle Martin
Ryan Soles
Jay Wagner

APC Staff

Jen Norman
Priscilla S. Markwood, CAE

TRIG and UTRIG Working Group Cooperating Organizations

Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS)
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG)
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 of APC (PRODS)
Undergraduate Medical Educators Section of APC (UMEDS)
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ICPI)
National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP)

Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit Key Contributors

Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD
Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH
Tim Stout, MD, PhD
Jeffery Vance, MD, PhD
Veeral Shah, MD, PhD

Cooperating Organizations

Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics, Innovative Approaches Working Group (ISCC)
American Academy of Neurology
American Heart Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology