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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Allows student to become familiar with, observe and participate in daily activities of a hospital-based department of pathology. The experience is designed to include exposure to both anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory medicine.


The student will:

  1. Observe interesting autopsy examinations and will be expected to perform at least one autopsy under supervision, including all clinical activities which lead to the generation of the final pathologic report.
  2. Observe and participate in the gross examination of surgical specimens, as assigned, and review the surgical microscopic sections with the pathologist. The laboratory medicine experience will include rotations through the various clinical laboratories, including clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and immunohematology.
  3. Observe the performance of appropriate laboratory tests to gain an appreciation for test interpretation, quality control, and cost effectiveness.
  4. Experience includes consultation with the appropriate section chief or clinical pathologist concerning interesting cases with chart or ward rounds as assigned.
  5. Be expected to attend and, where appropriate, participate in all pathology conferences during the elective.
  6. Be required to be present during normal working hours Monday through Friday. Attendance on Saturday morning and weekend autopsy call will be at the discretion of the elective director.

Responsible Faculty/Rank:

  1. Harry Kellermier, M.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology, NEOMED

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