Laboratory Medicine

The goals for Anatomic Pathology are to understand the basic principles of diagnostic anatomic pathology and its role in clinical medicine, and for Laboratory Medicine to learn appropriate usage and interpretation of laboratory tests, and to gain a better understanding of the theoretical, technological, and clinical underpinnings of Laboratory Medicine. This elective is appropriate for students considering a career in Laboratory Medicine and/or Pathology, and for all students who will use laboratory and pathology tests in their careers. 

Length of Rotation: 

4 weeks (maximum-2 students)

Scheduling Restriction: Not offered 06/17/13 - 07/12/13     

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th year   

Prerequisite: N/A  

Accept Visiting Students: US - yes; Int'l - no

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills: Gather the important information that is needed for the evaluation of specimens in anatomic pathology.
  2. Physical examination skills: Complete a gross examination and dissection of at least 5-10 specimens per week. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this gross dissection while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common pathologic conditions seen on the relevant subspecialty service (for example, GI pathology).
  4. Procedural skills. Perform Gross Dissection for the common specimens seen on the relevant subspecialty rotation.
  5. Attitude:Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the subspecialty service team, technical and support staff.
  6. Career/context:Know the training/career pathway for Anatomic Pathology.
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This elective offers rotations through the clinical laboratories, including Blood Bank, Therapeutic Apheresis, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, Hematology & Coagulations, Flow Cytometry, Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics, Microbiology and Virology. The student will work closely with residents, fellows, attendings, and laboratory staff; work up clinical cases under supervision; and attend morning report, case conference, journal club, clinical rounds, and didactic sessions. The student will have the opportunity to work with the resident on-call for at least one weekend day during the elective. The student can rotate through all laboratories, or focus on specific laboratories of interest. The goals of the elective are to learn appropriate usage and interpretation of laboratory tests, and to gain a better understanding of the theoretical and clinical underpinnings of Laboratory Medicine. This elective is appropriate for students considering a career in Laboratory Medicine or combined Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, but also for all students who will use clinical laboratory testing in their careers.

Length of Rotation: 

2 or 4 weeks (maximum- 2 students)

Scheduling Restriction: 

Not offered 06/16/14-07/11/14

      

Student's Class Level: 

4th year or May/June of 3rd year

    

Prerequisite: N/A  

Accept Visiting Students: 

yes - must be enrolled in 4th year or May/June of 3rd year of US medical school

Learning Objectives:

  1. Laboratory Manifestation of Diseases. Know the laboratory manifestations of major diseases and how to interpret laboratory information. Know the most common lab findings for diseases.
  2. Appropriate Usage and Interpretation of Laboratory Tests: Know the indications for ordering common laboratory tests.
  3. Laboratory Procedural Skills: Students will have a choice of laboratory procedures to observe in each laboratory.
  4. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Laboratory medicine team.
  5. Career/context: Know the theoretical, technological, and clinical underpinnings of the specialty of Laboratory Medicine.
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