Elective time is provided in the schedule for AP-2, AP-3, CP-2, and CP-3 residents. It is expected that residents will use this time to supplement their exposure to aspects of Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology training not formally included in the schedule. These include additional training in dermatopathology, neuropathology, molecular diagnostics, forensic pathology, cytogenetics, or in depth training in a clinical pathology discipline. Multiple experiences can be combined into a single elective time slot, either concurrently or sequentially. In addition, elective time may be used for research. Elective plans must be approved by the Program Director or an Associate Program Director in order to receive credit. The resident should notify the Program Director, in writing, of his/her elective plans at least two weeks before the beginning of the elective month.
In some cases, a resident may wish to enhance their education by participating in a training experience at an institution other than one with which the program has a standard training agreement. Yale-New Haven Hospital is committed to providing residents with this opportunity, but there must be full consideration of the quality of the training experience, the educational necessity of the rotation, and the accreditation and financial implications.
Away electives must be approved by the GME office, and must involve a course of study that cannot be obtained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Residents in their first year of training in the program are not permitted to participate in non-standard off-site electives, and a maximum of eight weeks of away electives will be allowed over the entire course of the training.
Residents choosing to participate in an off-campus elective must submit the appropriate forms to the Chief Resident and the Program Coordinator four months prior to the planned away elective. The GME Office requires ninety days notice prior to the away elective, and this policy is not negotiable. Residents planning an away elective should contact the Program Coordinator for the appropriate forms. At the completion of the away elective, the supervisor of that elective experience is expected to write a letter to the Program Director detailing the resident's activities and evaluating their performance. The letter must include the inclusive dates of the resident's elective experience at their institution.
Residents may use their elective time for research. The research should be aimed at addressing a hypothesis or learning a new diagnostic technique and must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Well in advance of the elective period, the resident should meet with their planned advisor to discuss the aims, goals, and design for the experience. The resident should prepare a 2-4 page description of the proposed experience. The proposal should include the dates of the elective, daily schedule of activities, objectives of the experience, and a specific, measurable endpoint. It should also describe how this experience will enhance the residents training and therefore why it should be granted credit toward qualification for the Board examination. The resident must have the proposal reviewed and signed by the advisor, and then submit it to the Program Director for approval. At the completion of the elective, the supervisor is expected to write a letter to the Program Director detailing the resident's activities and evaluating their performance.