PA501.5

Clinical Clerkship in Pathology

Sites: BIDMC
Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Gabrielle Baker
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered in July.
Location: BIDMC - BI-Deaconess Medical Center (5)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: Medical students will have the opportunity to participate in both anatomic and clinical pathology. Students will be scheduled to work with residents, fellows and attending physicians in the various fields of surgical pathology, clinical pathology and autopsy. They will attend intraoperative consultations, follow surgical cases from gross evaluation to microscopic sign-out, participate in autopsies, be involved with the clinical laboratories (chemistry, microbiology, hematology) and attend blood transfusion medicine rounds. As an elective rotation, if a student has a particular interest in one field of pathology, the schedule can be tailored to allow adequate exposure if advance notice is given to the Course Director. At the end of the rotation, the medical student will give a presentation on a case or relevant topic of his or her choice. There is a maximum of two students per rotation.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Pathologists analyze numerous data from various laboratories while rendering diagnoses. During the anatomic pathology component, medical students will have access to cytogenetic testing and reference molecular studies, as examples. Involvement in the clinical pathology laboratories also exposes students to basic science at work. As part of an academic institution, evidence-based medicine is practiced routinely in our pathology department, both in the interpretation of aforementioned results and in the continued advancement of the pathology field in general.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: All grading will be done based on the medical student's performance in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. The final grade will be based upon the evaluations of all residents, fellows and faculty that worked with the student. An honors with distinction grade will be given if the student receives outstanding evaluations. Honors: All grading will be done based on the medical student's performance in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. The final grade will be based upon the evaluations of all residents, fellows and faculty that worked with the student. An honors with distinction grade will be given if the student receives excellent evaluations. Satisfactory: All grading will be done based on the medical student's performance in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. The final grade will be based upon the evaluations of all residents, fellows and faculty that worked with the student. A satisfactory will be given if the student receives satisfactory evaluations. Unsatisfactory: All grading will be done based on the medical student's performance in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice. The final grade will be based upon the evaluations of all residents, fellows and faculty that worked with the student. An unsatisfactory grade will be given if the student receives unsatisfactory evaluations.