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

M60 Path 860Clinical Laboratory Medicine0.0 Unit
Description:Valid start weeks for 4-week blocks are: Weeks 13, 17, 21, 29, 33, 37, and 41.

This elective is designed to teach the student how clinical laboratory assays are used in the diagnosis of disease and to understand quality assurance tools utilized by laboratorians to assure reliability of tests. This four-week elective includes rotations through several types of clinical laboratories including clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, transfusion medicine and hematopathology. During the elective the student will have a daily schedule, which includes didactic sessions with senior staff, interactions with house staff, and participation in clinical case conferences. Particularly useful clinical skills to be acquired include: morphology of peripheral blood smears and bone marrow biopsies; interpretation of coagulation tests, biomarkers of cardiac damage and serum protein electrophoresis patterns; appropriate use of blood component therapy and therapeutic apheresis; and identification of infectious organisms. Students will attend quality assurance meetings with senior staff, participate in microbiology rounds, participate in transfusion medicine rounds and present case discussions during this elective.

Student time distribution: Inpatient 25%; Conferences/Lectures 75%
Patients seen weekly: 5
Major teaching responsibility: Attendings and residents
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) / ThibodeauxDefault - none9900
Desc:Location: Barnes-Jewish Hospital Institute of Health

Elective Contact: Suzanne Thibodeaux, MD, PhD, srthibodeaux@wustl.edu; Julie Shafferkoetter, 314-362-3186, shafferkoetterj@wustl.edu; Della Brooks, 314-273-8479, brooksd@wustl.edu

Enrollment limit per period: 2

Other Information: Students should report to the BJC Institute of Health, 3rd Floor, at 8:30 am on the first day of the elective.


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

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