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Pathology Education Overview
Note: This is a Medical Student Elective Rotation in Neuropathology
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
Goals and Objectives
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)
Applicants interested in this elective rotation in neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) should contact Matthew P. Frosch, MD, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.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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