Molecular Diagnostics

Rotation Philosophy and General Purpose Statement
The Molecular Diagnostics rotation introduces trainees to the practice of molecular pathology in a tertiary care/academic setting. According to the 2006 ACLPS recommendations, 1-2 months should be allotted for residency training in Molecular Pathology and Cytogenetics. Exposure to Molecular Pathology is given through rotation through the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory at WVUH. This takes place in connection with the Cytogenetics and Clinical Microbiology rotations. In addition, monthly didactic presentations are given by the Medical Director. The total time designated specifically to the Molecular Pathology rotation should correspond to at least 2 weeks. Physicians in training become familiar with basic molecular testing technology, including several real-time PCR variants and hybridization assays. Residents are expected to perform evaluation of adequacy of test ordering and prepare the daily sign out of molecular tests. Trainees will also assist in trouble-shooting of molecular assays, ongoing quality assurance activities, and education of clinical colleagues. Residents with a specific interest in Molecular Pathology may be offered involvement in validation projects. By providing residents with increasing responsibilities and duties, as their level of training increases, the teaching faculty hope to instill in the resident the skills and tools necessary to develop a life-long course of continued professional development.

Training Site/ Institutional Site Director

WVU - Matthew Smolkin , MD


  • Duration of Rotation -¬†0.5-1 months.
  • Post Graduate Level of Residents Involved in Rotation: PGY levels 1-4.

Coordinating Teaching Faculty Members

WVU - Matthew Smolkin , MD

Teaching Faculty Members

West Virginia University

Matthew Smolkin , MD