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Clinical Clerkship in Pathology Informatics (PA503M.3)
Note: This is a Medical Student Elective Rotation in Pathology — available starting July 2010
Pathology Informatics uses data management, imaging and information theory to facilitate the diagnostic, research, and patient care missions of Pathology. This course will introduce students to the challenges and accomplishments in Pathology Informatics, while simultaneously providing integrated exposure to several subspecialty areas within the pathology department (i.e. surgical pathology, molecular pathology, cytopathology, laboratory medicine, etc.).
Didactic sessions and hands-on laboratory experience form the core of the rotation. The student will also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, fellows, and residents on a project of mutual interest. At the end of the clerkship, the student will present to the department on a topic of his or her choice.
While the course is primarily organized to provide preparation for a potential career in Pathology, students interested in other areas of medicine will be able to gain insights into the role of pathologists and laboratory information systems in medical and surgical diagnosis and management. Previous computer experience is not required, but may be helpful. Enrollment is subject to the pre-approval of the course director, Dr. John Gilbertson.
Goals and Objectives
At the end of the 4-week pathology experience, the medical student should understand:
Applicants potentially interested in the clinical clerkship (medical student elective rotation) in informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) should contact John R. Gilbertson, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-726-5809 in the MGH Pathology Department. While actual registration is primarily through the HMS Registrar's office, prior contact with the MGH Pathology Department is advised to ensure the clerkship experience, if available, would be appropriate for the applicant.
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