Course #: PAR 4100 Pathology Clerkship
The objective of the pathology clerkship is to provide the students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of pathology and experience the practice of pathology in a hospital setting. The specialty of pathology is divided into anatomic and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology consists of examination of surgical specimens which includes frozen sections on surgical specimens as well as biopsy evaluation from all body areas, cytology specimens including pap smears and fine needle aspirations, and autopsy pathology including medical and forensic autopsies. Subspecialties, such as, cytopathology, neuropathology and dermatopathology are included in anatomic pathology. Clinical pathology traditionally includes the areas of chemistry, microbiology, hematology and coagulation, and blood banking. Sub specialties such as Hematopathology and blood banking are included in clinical pathology. Within the discipline are also specialized areas of pathology such as forensic medicine. Students are expected to attend departmental conferences as well as participate in interdisciplinary conferences such as tumor boards during their rotation.