Conference presentations and teaching by residents are heavily stressed in this program. Formal didactic sessions and working conferences assure the resident ample opportunity to review the important principles of anatomic and clinical pathology. Residents are given protected time to attend conferences.
On average, seven weekly conferences are held within the department. They range from completely didactic lectures (clinical and anatomic topics) to unknown slide conferences, brain-cutting sessions, journal club, a textbook club and Chief Resident-run unknown conferences.
Residents are also responsible for presentations at numerous conferences outside the department, such as oncology, autopsy and other subspecialty conferences (G.U., plastic surgery, pulmonary, family practice, OB/GYN, urology and orthopaedics). The residents participate as teachers in sessions for the Medical Technology school as well as with medical students at NEOMED. The resident’s performance is closely supervised and monitored as part of their evaluation. Every effort is made to maximize the resident’s communication skills and encourage them to participate as part of the clinical care team.