Pathology

The department of anatomic pathology offers an elective to medical students in their third or fourth year, which provides a broad experience in general diagnostic techniques. Students will have opportunities to participate in autopsy pathology, cytopathology and surgical pathology. A daily diagnostic conference is scheduled for both residents and students. In addition to direct responsibilities in autopsy and surgical pathology areas, the student will have the opportunities to participate in electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics and flow cytometry techniques.

Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks (maximum-2 students)

Scheduling Restriction: N/A

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th year

Prerequisite: N/A

Accept Visiting Students: yes

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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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 06/16/14-07/11/14

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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The core of the elective is shadowing a neuropathologist at work. As experience is gained, core functions of tissue evaluation, processing and examination can be performed by the student.

Length of Rotation:2 or 4 weeks (maximum - 2 students)

Scheduling Restriction:N/A

Student's Class Level:3rd, 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite:Interest in neurological disciplines

Accept Visiting Students:yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know the intelligent analysis of structural features in tissues for a variable extensive diagnosis process.
  2. Laboratory procedural skills: Students will handle different types of tissue; procure, document and process patient tissues obtained from surgical resection or biopsy; provide histopathologic evaluation of specimens for special studies or case materials for molecular tests; finalize diagnostic reports; consult on intraoperative frozen section; and evaluate autopsy brain and spinal cord tissue including gross examination, histopathologic evaluation with special studies and finalization of an autopsy report.
  3. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Laboratory medicine team.
  4. Career/context:Know the theoretical, technological, and clinical underpinnings of the specialty of Laboratory Medicine.
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