Resident Opportunities for Teaching and Research
Since teaching is intrinsic to the role of a pathologist, residents given training in multiple types of informal and formal teaching. Residents at all levels are expected to present cases to their colleagues and attending staff at interdepartmental meetings and morbidity and mortality conferences. Opportunities are also provided for residents to teach medical students rotating through pathology services and to assist in the laboratory portion of the first and second year courses. Additional opportunities are also available for more senior (third and fourth year) residents, such as co-supervising an interdepartmental conference (such as the Urologic Pathology Conference or ENT Conference), serving as a facilitator for the problem-based learning sessions for the first and second year medical school students, and giving Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds. In addition, residents are encouraged to present the results of their research investigations in the form of either poster or platform presentations at local, state, or national meetings.
We strongly encourage residents to undertake research projects. Elective time for research may be scheduled prior to the beginning of the academic year, and a formal plan including the attending staff supervisor, title of project, objectives of project, and method by which to complete the project must be presented to the program director at a minimum of two months prior to initiation of the research elective. This will allow time to solidify the plan, obtain needed funding for equipment or supplies (from the faculty sponsor's funds or from the Pathology Research Award Program), and obtain any necessary approvals for human subjects or animal research. While many of the projects can be carried out within the Department of Pathology, residents can also consider participating in research being done by investigators in other departments within this institution.
Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in discussions of research presented at regularly scheduled departmental research conferences, journal clubs, and presentations by invited speakers. These conferences offer trainees the chance to contribute to scientific critique of research, and learn about new techniques, new research directions, and application of statistical methods to laboratory analysis.