Core Training in CP
During the first 12 months of CP experience, CP-1 residents rotate through each of the sections of the Clinical Laboratories. The first 5-weeks of CP training consists of one week mini-rotations in each of the major sections of the clinical laboratories. This provides an initial exposure to the breath of the discipline and prepares residents for the responsibilities of taking call. This introductory exposure is then followed by an in depth experience on each of the 6 major rotations (transfusion medicine, microbiology / virology, hematology / flow cytometry, clinical chemistry / immunology, general clinical pathology at the VA, and subspecialty clinical pathology at the VA). All CP-1 residents rotate twice through each service in order to have the opportunity for more senior responsibilities on the second and subsequent rotations. Throughout their training, emphasis is placed upon understanding the basic science and associated biotechnology of Clinical Pathology, becoming familiar and comfortable with modern instrumentation and computers, and upon the interpretation and clinical utilization of laboratory tests. To accomplish this, residents also work on research and/or developmental projects in the laboratories and serve as consultants to hospital and outside physicians. Teaching is another strong area of emphasis during CP training. Residents fully participate in medical student teaching by serving as preceptors in the hematology and microbiology laboratories. Detailed rotation descriptions are available elsewhere on this site.
During their final 6 or 12 months of CP training, CP-2 residents assume a more senior, supervisory role and choose directed clinical responsibilities within each laboratory. We encourage specialization in areas of interest and an in-depth experience as a "junior attending."
Integration of the subspecialties is achieved through interdisciplinary teaching and clinical conferences in the Department, through on-call responsibilities, and during rotation at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Residents are exposed to all aspects of clinical testing from conceptualization in basic research to practical realization in the clinical laboratory and application to patient care.