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Pathology (M60)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2020

M60 Path 820Surgical Pathology0.0 Unit
Description:Valid start weeks for 4-week blocks are: Weeks 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, and 41.

This elective is designed to familiarize students with the discipline of surgical pathology and to encourage the development of basic skills in gross pathology and histopathological interpretation. The Laboratory of Surgical Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital receives a broad range of medical biopsy material in addition to specimens derived from the busy surgical subspecialty practices. As a result, this elective is beneficial not only for students considering a career in pathology, but also for students planning careers in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, radiation oncology and dermatology.

Students on this elective will: 
1. learn how patient specimens are received and processed, 
2. acquire skills in the gross examination and microscopic diagnosis of disease through active participation, and 
3. learn the role of the pathologist in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care and management of patients.

Students will function as junior house staff, managing their own cases with supervision from residents, fellows, and attending pathologists. Students may also wish to participate in ongoing research projects within the department as time and interest allow. At the end of the rotation, students are required to do a formal case presentation for the residents, fellows, and attending staff.

The daily schedule for students begins at 8:00 am with morning conference. In general, the student will be able to complete all gross examination and sign-out activities by 4:30 pm. Students are welcome to stay beyond 4:30 pm to participate in any of the academic or other working activities of the Division.

Student time distribution: Clinical duties 85%; Conferences/Lectures 15%
Major teaching responsibility: Attending staff, residents, and fellows
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01TBA(None) / ByrnesDefault - none9900
Desc:Location: Division of Surgical Pathology, 3rd Floor, BJC Institute of Health, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, South Campus

Elective Contact: Della Brooks, 314-273-8479, brooksd@wustl.edu

Enrollment limit per period: 4

Other Information: See the Pathology website for detailed orientation and introductory information (pathimm.wustl.edu). If you need to discuss individual goals and interests, please call or email Dr. Byrnes at least one week prior to the elective.


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Grade Options
C=Credit (letter grade)
S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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