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Pathology - Advanced Study in Neuropathology

A Pathology clerkship introducing students to diagnostic surgical and autopsy neuropathology. Neurologic diseases include tumors, inflammatory/infectious processes, neurodegenerative diseases, vascular disease and neuromuscular diseases.

Advanced Study in Neuropathology (NN503M.3)

Note: This is a Medical Student Elective Rotation in Neuropathology

Overview

This clerkship/rotation provides an introduction to diagnostic surgical and autopsy neuropathology through the activities of the Mass General Neuropathology Service. The rotation allows a student to recognize critical neuropathological findings and to correlate them with clinical and neuroradiological data. The experience covers the full spectrum of neurologic diseases including tumors, inflammatory/infectious processes, neurodegenerative diseases, vascular disease and neuromuscular diseases.

The course consists of participation in ongoing examinations of surgical and autopsy neuropathology specimens, attendance at teaching conferences and case discussions and individual study of the pathologic-anatomical aspects of diseases of the human nervous system, based upon a large collection of illustrative material on file. The diagnostic neuropathology service of MGH includes a large volume of neoplasms (mostly primary brain tumors), nerve and muscle diseases, neurologic diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. Students are expected to prepare a case with detailed clinicopathologic correlation. Particular exposure to neurodegenerative diseases and to molecular neurooncology may also be arranged.Evaluative Criteria

 

Updated 1/11/2011

Goals and Objectives

  • Understanding basic diagnostic classification scheme for diagnosis of brain tumors, vascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Understand the interaction of neuroanatomy and neuropathology in the manifestation of human neurologic diseases.
  • Review and study human neuroanatomy through participation in the neuropathology autopsy service.
  • Incorporation of basic science content and evidence-based medicine into understanding the pathophysiology of neurologic diseases.

Evaluations are based on the following measures:

1. Participation in formal and informal activities of the neuropathology service.

2. Fund of knowledge (and growth in this over the course of the month) related to neuropathologic manifestations of human     diseases.

3. A general assessment of the quality of assigned case work-ups (assessment by the on service neuropathology attending)

  • High Honors: Enthusiastic participation in all activities of the neuropathology service; knowledgeable and thoughtful preparation of assigned cases, including discussion of the underlying pathophysiology as well as the diagnostic. neuropathologic features, including the ability to go beyond the prepared material when leading the discussion with the staff neuropathologists — typically at the level expected of a pathology trainee.
  • Honors: Consistent and active participation in all activities of the neuropathology service; knowledgeable and thoughtful preparation of assigned cases, including discussion of the underlying pathophysiology as well as the diagnostic neuropathologic features — typically at the level expected of a senior medical student.
  • Satisfactory: Consistent but passive participation in all activities of the neuropathology service; acceptable preparation of assigned cases, including at least partial discussion of the underlying pathophysiology as well as the diagnostic neuropathologic features.
  • Unsatisfactory: Incomplete participation in expected activities of the neuropathology service; incomplete presentation of assigned case (lacking insight into disease mechanisms, lacking sophistication in interpretation of pathologic findings); OR evidence of inadequate levels of professionalism for level of medical education.

Applicants interested in this elective rotation in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) should contact Matthew P. Frosch, MD, PhD at mfrosch@partners.org or 617-726-5156. While actual registration is through the HMS Registrar's office, prior contact with the MGH Pathology Department is advised to ensure the clerkship experience would be appropriate for the applicant.

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