Other Special Curricula

Residents as Educators

Depending upon one’s career path, a pathologist will have the opportunity to serve in a number of educational roles. Most academic pathologists participate in graduate and undergraduate medical education, providing instruction in didactic, laboratory, and/or patient-based formats. Pathologists in academia, government, and community practices often serve as resource people regarding correlation of disease manifestations in tissue with clinical and radiographic findings, and offer consultative opinions to other medical professionals as needed. In industry, pathologists may be called upon to inform other biomedical scientists about pathogenetic mechanisms of disease, host responses and clinical manifestations. Educational interactions with administrators, technical and other support staff, and financial personnel are also necessary in many practice settings. The Pathology Department provides didactic instruction and a variety of experiential opportunities to build one’s teaching skills. These include the following: 

  1. Core curriculum lectures on teaching techniques and principle (required)
  2. Introduction to digital gross photography and image editing (required): During the Surgical Pathology or Autopsy Pathology rotation, residents will receive instruction about techniques and principles of digital gross photography and image archiving and editing using Pax-it. These types of images will form an important resource for residents creating educational presentations.
  3. Conference-based presentations (required): Residents will have numerous opportunities to present cases at multidisciplinary and Pathology educational and clinical conferences, and receive constructive feedback from other participants about these presentations. In addition, each year, residents give one educational conference during the core curriculum series, and a brief presentation of their Quality Improvement (QI) Project. Residents’ QI project presentations are evaluated anonymously by other residents to provide constructive feedback.
  4. Gross examination, autopsy, blood bank/apheresis, hematology and fine needle aspiration instruction of residents (required): Experienced residents serve as junior instructors in the Gross Room, on the Autopsy and Cytology services, and in the Clinical Pathology signout room and on call, assisting in the training of new residents about procedures performed in these areas.  Together with the blood bank fellow, experienced residents serve as mentors for new residents in apheresis-, donor- and transfusion-related patient care.
  5. Medical student teaching (required – laboratories, electives; optional – PBL sessions): Opportunities exist for residents to serve as instructors in medical student laboratories and problem-based learning (PBL) sessions, and as mentors for medical students enrolled in electives in Pathology. Notification about opportunities will occur via institutional emails (PBL sessions), the Chief Residents, or faculty.
  6. Attendance of Distinguished Educator lectures and Visiting Professor lectures (strongly encouraged): Lecturers are chosen, at least in part, for their excellent teaching skills, and represent an excellent source of educational role models.
  7. Participation in new resident orientation (optional): Residents interested in participating in our orientation process for new residents are welcome to do so.
  8. Quality improvement projects (optional): Residents can select a QI project with an educational focus, if desired.
  9. Programs offered by the Office of Professional Development (optional):  Programs focused upon development of educational skills are offered periodically by the Office of Professional Development. Interested residents should contact this Office.
  10. Outside conferences (optional): Residents can use their CME funds to support attendance at an outside conference focused upon developing their teaching skills.