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16th Annual Course on Contemporary Issues in Cytopathology

Special Course: Molecular Biology Board Preparation

Saturday, July 28, 2012 (7:30 am – 4:00 pm)
 Sunday,  July 29, 2012—Wet Workshop (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
August 13-14, 2011


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2nd floor Alkek Building, Room Y2.5809
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

Program Description

This conference is geared toward assisting   cytotechnologists in preparing to take the ASCP Molecular Biology certification examination by providing lectures, printed course materials, and 2 mock registry exams with descriptive answer keys.  Material has been updated to reflect new content material on the MB(ASCP) examination.  Sunday is a hands-on wet workshop.  


After completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss basic concepts of molecular genetics
  • Describe integral concepts of molecular testing
  • Identify the applications of molecular testing for detecting genetic diseases

Program faculty of the Molecular Genetics Program, School of Health Professions, UTMD Anderson Cancer Center

Saturday Program:  

Genetics: Collection, Handling, Preparation, and Processing
Appropriate Techniques for Nucleic Acid Isolation 
Principles and Techniques for Nucleic Acid Digestion 
Electrophoretic and Other Separation Techniques
Transfer of Nucleic Acid to Solid Matrix
Hybridization Techniques
In Vitro Nucleic Acid Amplification
Results Summary and Designated Authority Reporting
Laboratory Operations
Genetic Diseases (Inherited and Acquired) 
Miscellaneous Techniques

Sunday Program:

DNA Extraction Techniques Lecture
PCR Methodology Lecture
DNA Extraction Lab and PCR Setup Lab
Gel Electrophoresis Setup Lab and Lecture
Gel Staining and Detection Lab
Experiment Design and Resource Information Provided

Continuing Medical Education Credits
CMLE Credit awarded by the American Society of Cytopathology:
6.5 CMLE credits awarded by the American Society of Cytopathology for Saturday
5.5 CMLE credits awarded by the American Society of Cytopathology for Sunday

Fees and Registration

To request a registration form, please call the School of Health Professions Cytotechnology Program: 713-794-5877

Registration is due by July 20, 2012

$200 for Saturday only
$150 for Sunday only
$350 for both days


Credit cards accepted: 
Required:  name of cardholder, card number, amount, and expiration date
Checks can be made out to MDACC and sent to: 
Stephanie Hamilton, Ed.D., SCT(ASCP), MB(ASCP)
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 2
Houston, Texas 77030

Deadline: July 20, 2012

Contact: Stephanie Hamilton, Ed.D., SCT(ASCP), MB(ASCP)

Parking and location

  1. Enter the Texas Medical Center at Entrance 2 off Holcombe Blvd., park in Garage 10, and enter  MD Anderson through the Floor 3 bridge from Garage 10
    Enter the Texas Medical Center at Entrance 3 off Holcombe Blvd., park in Garage 2, and enter MD Anderson from the street
    TMC parking rate is $12.00 per day
  2. Once inside the MD Anderson building, follow the "Access" wayfinding signs to Elevator D, travel to Floor 2, turn left as you exit the elevator, and follow the "Access" wayfinding signs to the  "School of Health Professions." The workshop will take place in room Y2.5809.

Houston Airports

  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), 12 miles from site
  • Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), 25 miles from site

Nearby Lodging

  • Houston Marriott Medical Center (713-796-0080)
  • Holiday Inn Houston Medical Center (713-528-7744)

Comments from Last Year's Conference:     
"It was great!  I'm glad I attended.  It was worth the money."  
"Outstanding!  This is a great tool for us to take our exams!"

Additional information

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Hamilton, Ed.D., SCT, MB(ASCP)CM
Director, Cytotechnology Program
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
School of Health Professions - Unit 2
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-563-3480


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