Clinical Clerkship in Pathology

Sites: MGH
Director(s): John Branda, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Not offered in July
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course is designed for the student who is seeking an introduction to both the practice and the academic aspects of pathology and laboratory medicine, and is directed toward understanding pathophysiology and molecular pathology. The clerkship involves a coordinated combination of short rotations, to provide exposure to several subspecialty areas within the pathology department. The cumulative effect will be a representative introduction to elements of surgical pathology, molecular pathology, cytopathology, informatics, laboratory medicine (including transfusion medicine, microbiology, hematology, immunology, and/or clinical chemistry) and translational research. Cross-cutting case histories are used each week to illustrate and integrate the diverse roles of the different disciplines within pathology. Students will work closely with faculty and trainees, and will participate in tutorial sessions in their areas of rotation as well as attending department-wide academic conferences. All students will have the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of pathophysiological and molecular pathological interest, and to present an aspect of this topic at the close of their clerkship. Consideration of career options in academic pathology is integral to the clerkship. While the course is primarily organized to provide preparation for a potential career in pathology, students interested in other areas of medicine will be able to gain insights into disease processes and the role of pathologists in medical and surgical diagnosis and management.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Discussing basic science is a key component of one weekly conference, which all students, residents, fellows and faculty attend. Students are expected to incorporate basic science into one formal presentation during the course of the month.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Demonstrates exceptional grasp of the learning objectives, in comparison to his/her peers; contributes meaningfully to academic discourse during the rotation; leaves a memorable (and favorable) impression on the faculty Honors: Meets and often exceeds goals and objectives; performs better than most of his/her peers; demonstrates reliability and enthusiasm; interacts well with colleagues Satisfactory: Meets all learning objectives; demonstrates knowledge acquisition over the course of the rotation Unsatisfactory: Demonstrates lack of effort and initiative; is unreliable; fails to meet some or all learning objectives