Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System
The Pathology department at the West Haven campus of the Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System (located just 10 minutes away from YNHH by shuttle) is staffed, in part, by members of Yale's Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. It provides both anatomic and clinical pathology services, and therefore offers unique opportunities for instruction in the integrated approach to laboratory diagnosis. The hospital has 200 beds and performs over 2.3 million laboratory tests each year. The anatomic pathology service handles virtually all aspects of diagnostic anatomic pathology including surgical pathology, cytology, and autopsy pathology. The laboratory medicine service provides clinical testing for patients at that facility and also serves as a reference laboratory for other VA hospitals across the country in the areas of molecular diagnostics, pharmacogenetics, mycobacteria, and virology.
The VA-CT West Haven campus is also the home of the Pathology Assistant program, and PA students are used extensively at the VA to assist in many technical aspects of the laboratory including the gross room. The residents are, however, still responsible for understanding the gross analysis of all complex specimens.