PAT MSIV Courses

MSIV Contacts

Student Coordinator
Dr. Norton Stuart (210) 916-2118

Residency Director
LTC Rocky Reston (210) 292-7956

GME Office
Patricia Trevino
(210) 916-4512

**Contact Department before you go the the GME Office. 

Student Coordinator
MAJ James Sellars
(706) 787-7005
Pgr (706) 787-0818

GME Office
Caren Ernsperger
(706) 787-1648

Student Coordinator
COL Joseph P. Miller
(253) 968-1975

Residency Director
Kathy Rogers
(253) 968-1511

GME Office
Mary Jane Slade
(757) 953-7001

2nd half of 4th year only (interns first half)

Student Coordinator
Gay Cornelius
(757) 953-5109

Residency Director
Mary Duran
(757) 953-3270

GME Office
Mary Jane Slade
(757) 953-7001

Student Coordinator
Mrs. Erin Quiko

Rose Si Fuentes
(619) 532-7270

Student Coordinator
Dr. Michael Fahlgren
(301) 295-4455 ext. 168

GME Office
Leanda Dulaney
(301) 319-8278

ICU Scheduling Office
Kathryn Bomysoad
(301) 295-5790

Student Coordinator
Dr. Kimberly Kelly-Harper
Pager (808) 577-1129

GME Office
Gary Christal
(808) 433-2457

Amata Taifane
(808) 433-6982

Gina Dickinson

Student Coordinator
LTC Rocky Reston
(210) 292-7956

GME Office
Sharyn Heights
(210) 292-7443

Jaime Acevedo
(210) 292-7441

Student Coordinator
Dr. Jeffrey Sagel
(202) 782-0039

ICU Coordinator
Dr. Christian Popa
(202) 782-0039

GME Office
Naima Grove
(202) 782-6754

Pathology Clerkship

Department Website: PAT


Course #: PAR 4100 Pathology Clerkship

Duration: 4 weeks (One Block/Round) 

Hours: 8 hours

Grading: Pass/Fail


Course #: PAT 3100 Pathology Selective

Duration: 4 weeks (One Block/Round) 

Hours: 8 hours

Grading: Pass/Fail

Course Objectives: The objective of the pathology clerkship and selective is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and obtain a greater understanding of the scope of a pathologist’s duties in the hospital setting. The specialty of pathology is divided into anatomic and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology can be classified by three broad areas including surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy pathology. Surgical pathology is the gross and microscopic examination of surgical resections and biopsy samples including intraoperative frozen section. Surgical pathology is divided into subspecialties based on body site/tumor type. Cytopathology includes of examination pap smears, needle aspirates, brushings, and fluid collection to provide minimally invasive diagnoses. Autopsy pathology is the examination of the deceased to clarify the physiologic derangements that caused death for the purposes of general medical knowledge (hospital autopsies) or medicolegal purposes (forensic autopsies). Clinical pathology includes lab medicine as well as oversight and administration of patient laboratories. It includes areas such as transfusion medicine (blood bank), hematology and coagulation, clinical chemistry, and microbiology. In addition to exploring a broad cross section of the pathology specialty, students will be expected to attend intradepartmental conferences (interesting case conferences) and interdepartmental conferences (tumor board).

Students interested in pursuing pathology as a career would benefit from a rotation in pathology at one of the primary sites listed below that maintain active pathology residency. The rotation should be designed to gain experiences in both anatomic and clinical pathology. Students not interested in a career in pathology, but interested in an overview of laboratory medicine would benefit from a rotation at one of the teachings hospitals with their time divided between anatomic and clinical pathology.

Additionally, students may seek to tailor a rotation in pathology around their particular specialty of interest. For example students interested in...:

  • orthopedic surgery could study bone pathology at the Joint Pathology Center
  • general surgery could focus on anatomic pathology and transfusion medicine
  • operational medicine could work with combat related death investigation at OAFME
  • nephrology could examine renal biopsies at the JPC
  • dermatology could focus on skin biopsies and the subspecialty of dermatopathology
  • anesthesiology could focus on blood banking and transfusion medicine

Objectives: Students and Clerkship director design a clerkship from the following pathology subspecialties:

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology, frozen section diagnosis & immunochemistry
  • Cytopathology with fine needle aspiration
  • Autopsy Pathology (Medical and Forensic)
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Clinical Lab Medicine
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Hematopathology/coagulation
  • Blood bank

Other subspecialties such as dermatopathology, hematopathology, breast pathology, gyn pathology, urologic pathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, and more. Please contact the Pathology Dept Clerkship Coordinator for specifics.



Dr. Samuel L. Grindstaff, LTC MC USA, Clerkship Coordinator


Dr. Barbara Knollmann-Ritschel, CAPT,MC, USN,


Alisha Sepsey, Program Administrator

Phone Number: 301-295-3460


Rinelle Hemphill, Program Specialist

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

301-295-1571 (office)

301-221-1253 (work mobile) sends e-mail)    


Sites: Walter Reed; San Antonio Military Medical Center; Madigan; Naval Medical Center, San Diego Bremerton; Travis AFB; Ft. Gordon; Joint Pathology Center, MD; Portsmouth; Tripler; William Beaumont Army Medical Center; Dover AFB; Ft. Bragg; Ft. Belvoir; Camp Lejeune; Portsmouth

Comments: Department approval is required prior to registering for any Pathology clerkship. Please contact the USUHS pathology department to confirm available space. You can then submit an application with the site directly. A 114 Form is required for any non-residency site or civilian site. In addition to the primary pathology clerkship sites listed below, rotations can be arranged at most military hospitals and many civilian institutions.