Clinical Laboratory Medicine

Sites: BWH, CHMC
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Stacy Melanson, Katherine O'Donnell
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This elective provides an experience in Clinical Laboratory Medicine and is designed to teach medical students how the vast array of clinical assays is used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Students will rotate through laboratories in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology, Hematology, Coagulation, Endocrinology, Molecular Diagnostics and Transfusion Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and will have the opportunity to learn how to select the appropriate laboratory tests and interpret the results. Additionally, they will participate in regularly scheduled didactic sessions and work closely with senior staff and residents. Upon completion of this elective, students will acquire practical skills such as, diagnostic molecular biology, flow cytometry, interpretation of cardiac markers & serum protein electrophoresis/immunofixation patterns, analysis of blood smears & bone marrow aspirates, and effective use of blood component therapy. All activities will be under faculty supervision.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Basic science is an integral component of Laboratory Medicine while evidence-based medicine is the foundation of laboratory testing. Both basic science and evidence-based medicine are incorporated into regular scheduled conferences, journal clubs and teaching sessions. Students may be involved in the preparation of cases at conferences and are expected to incorporate basic science and evidence-based medicine into their presentation. Case-based assignments are integral components that provide students with laboratory experiences.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
An exemplary student who is outstanding in all aspects. In top ~10% of all students.
A motivated student who indicates a high level of interest and application.
An average student who fulfills the basic requirements of the course.
A poor student who fails to fulfill the basic requirements of the course.