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.