Clinical Clerkship in Pathology

Sites: BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Fei Dong
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The month-long elective in general pathology at Brigham and Women�s Hospital is designed to increase understanding of clinico-pathologic correlations, pathophysiological mechanisms, and the interrelationships of diseased organs in systemic disorders. Students have the opportunity to participate in all activities of a hospital pathology department, including participation in/performance of autopsies, diagnostic surgical pathology and cytology, and attendance at departmental conferences. Tutorial microscopic review sessions to systematically cover organ pathology are given by subspecialty fellows and faculty. Exposure to clinical laboratory activities in hematology, microbiology, chemistry, blood banking, molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics is also available. Students prepare and present a case-based topic of their choice at the end of their rotation.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The pathologic basis of disease is an integral part of pathology and is incorporated on a daily basis in discussions at case signout and tutorial sessions. Students preparing a presentation begin with an interesting case and review current literature to prepare a talk addressing a basic or clinical discovery or conceptual breakthrough in the context of current and potentially improved patient care. The student presentations are attended by a broad cross-section of pathology faculty who provide discussion and expert commentary.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Takes the initiative to actively and independently seek out opportunities within the department to further individual learning and personal growth. Prepares for and reads around tutorial cases and can discuss differential diagnoses and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Presents a topic (if required) at the level of a pathology resident. Honors: Actively patriciates in departmental activities, comes well prepared for tutorial sessions by previewing slides and reading around the cases, presents a talk (if required) that is well-researched and well-presented. Satisfactory: Participates in daily activities of the department, attends all tutorial sessions, and present a topic of their choice (if required) at the end of the rotation. Unsatisfactory: Fails to participate in daily activities, has unexcused absences from tutorial sessions, and/or fails to present a talk (if required) at the end of the rotation.