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Pathology Education Overview
Anatomic Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Note: This is a Medical Student Elective Rotation in Pathology
This course is designed for the student who is seeking an introduction to both the practice and the academic aspects of pathology and laboratory medicine, and is directed toward understanding pathophysiology and molecular pathology.
The clerkship involves a coordinated combination of short rotations, to provide exposure to several subspecialty areas within the pathology department. The cumulative effect will be a representative introduction to elements of surgical pathology, molecular pathology, cytopathology, informatics, laboratory medicine (including transfusion medicine, microbiology, hematology, immunology, and/or clinical chemistry) and translational research. Students will work closely with faculty and trainees, and will participate in tutorial sessions in their areas of rotation as well as attending department-wide academic conferences.
All students will have the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of pathophysiological and molecular pathological interest, and to present an aspect of this topic at the close of their clerkship. Consideration of career options in academic pathology is integral to the clerkship. 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 disease processes and the role of pathologists in medical and surgical diagnosis and management.
Goals and Objectives
At the end of the four-week pathology experience, the medical student should understand:
Applicants potentially interested in the clinical clerkship (medical student elective rotation) in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) should contact John A. Branda, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-726-1270 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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