Pathology residents from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT) and the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, are familiar sights in the laboratories of MPLN. A partnership began with UT and MPLN in July of 2006 and followed with ETSU two years ago, to provide 3rd year residents with a molecular pathology elective rotation.
The program is designed to expose the resident to all aspects of molecular diagnostics/molecular pathology, with an emphasis on an understanding of the role molecular diagnostics plays in the practice of contempory laboratory medicine.
MPLN's desire and sense of responsibility to serve the local medical community is the reason the program is a reality. "We feel a professional obligation to our local institutions to meet the needs of their residency programs," explains Dr. Nicholas Potter, MPLN's Director of Molecular Diagnostics.
Each year, MPLN receives two residents from UT and ETSU. During the first week of their rotation residents spend time in each division of the company, including Geneuity, MPLN's clinical research services division. In the second week, they choose the area of professional interest most central to their future interests, and as a "final exam" they give a presentation on the topic of their choice.
The program is a huge success with students saying they feel it is an important complement to their residency training. So much so that several residents have asked to return for a second rotation.
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