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Pathology (M60)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2023

M60 Path 812Cytopathology (Clinical Elective)0.0 Unit
Description:This elective is designed to familiarize students with the discipline of cytopathology and to encourage the development of basic skills. Cytopathology impacts many different areas of patient care and medical practice. The cytopathology laboratory at Barnes-Jewish Hospital receives a broad range of medical cytology material involving fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNA), body fluids and Pap tests. As a result, the elective is beneficial for students considering a career in pathology and for students planning careers in internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, ENT, and radiology. The focus of the experience can be customized based on the interest of the student. Desk space and a microscope are provided.

Students on the elective will (1) learn how patient specimens are received and processed, (2) acquire skills in the microscopic diagnosis of disease through active participation, and (3) learn the role of the cytopathologist in the care and management of patients. Students will have the opportunity to function as junior house staff, managing their own cases with supervision from residents, fellows, and attending cytopathologist. There are text books and extensive study sets allowing students to focus on specific areas of interest.

The daily schedule for student begins previewing the cytology cases at 8:00 am. The student will attend daily pathology noon didactic conferences. In general, the student will be able to complete sign-out activities by 4:30 pm.

Student time distribution: Clinical Duties 85%; Conferences/Lectures 15%; Subspecialty Care 100%
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:P Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
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Desc:Location: BJC Institute of Health
Elective contact: Dr. Justavian Tillman, justavian.tillman@wustl.edu; Maria Turnbough, tmaria@wustl.edu
Rotation length: 2 or 4 weeks
Enrollment limit per block: 1
Reporting information: Report to the Cytopathology fellow in the BJC Institute of Health (Third Floor Residents' Room, 3202) at 9:00 am on the first day.


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S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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