Space and Facilities

The pathology department occupies approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of space in the Medical Laboratory Building, Medical Research Center and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of space in the adjacent Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The department currently occupies approximately 26,000 sq. ft. of research-dedicated space in the Medical Laboratory Building and Medical Research Center. This space consists of modern laboratories and core facilities that support cutting edge cellular, molecular and genetic research investigating a range of diseases. Faculty in Pathology currently have research programs in immunology, inflammation and vascular biology, microbiology, neuroscience, signaling and cell death, stem cells, tumor biology and cancer, and virology. In addition to faculty-directed laboratories, the Department provides core laboratories to support the efforts of its investigators.

Surgical Pathology
Surgical Pathology Rooms
The surgical pathology preview area consists of individual computer workstations with microscopes (A). The department continually updates the surgical pathology library; additionally, residents can access hundreds of pathology texts through the Hardin Library with their iPad (provided by the department). Case sign out happens at one of the multi-headed scopes in the department (B) or in individual faculty offices (residents always sign out one-on-one or two-on-one with faculty, never a fellow).

The gross room (C) is located next to the operating rooms. There are numerous grossing benches, each with computer touch screens and cassette printing access (D). Residents work alongside 5 pathology assistants (PAs) an extern (medical student) and a surgical pathology fellow to gross specimens and perform frozen sections.

Transfusion Medicine
Transfusion Medicine Rooms
Residents work in the oldest continuously running blood bank in the United States, the DeGowin Blood Center, consisting of a blood donor collection center (A), blood bank (B), and an active apheresis clinic (C). Residents have their own office space and present at morning rounds in the DeGowin conference room/library (D).

Autopsy
Autopsy Suite
Both hospital and medical examiner cases are performed in state-of-the-art autopsy suites (A). Residents have their own offices on the rotation (C) and discuss cases each morning in the autopsy conference room/library (B). Clinicians and law enforcement officials often attend these morning meetings.

Cytopathology
Cytopathology Rooms
Residents on cytology are involved in on-site adequacy assessments, perform superficial FNA procedures, and preview cases. FNA procedures are performed on the inpatient floors or in the pathology–run FNA clinic (A). Case sign out occurs throughout the day at the cytology multi headed scope, which is also the site of the weekly resident-led interesting case conference (pictured in B).

Hematopathology and Flow Cytometry
Hematopathology and Flow Cytometry Rooms
Residents on flow cytometry and hematopathology have their own offices adjacent to the hematology and flow cytometry lab. On flow, residents perform their own cluster analysis using specialized software (A). The hematology preview area is located in the hematology lab (C); residents preview bone marrows (approximately 10 per day) and sign out smears and body fluids. Heme sign out occurs at the heme multi headed scope (B).

Microbiology
Microbiology Rooms
The microbiology resident office (A) is located within the microbiology lab (C). Residents gain exposure to the newest diagnostic techniques (molecular and MALDI-TOF) as well as traditional testing with weekly unknown plates. Residents also review smears for organisms throughout the rotation (B).

Molecular
Molecular Rooms
The molecular office (A) and sign out area is located adjacent to the molecular lab (B). Residents analyze a variety of assays including Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing using software such as IGV and Mutation Surveyor.

Chemistry
Chemistry Rooms
The chemistry resident oversees the University Core Laboratory (A) which incorporates management skills, clinical correlation, and informatics troubleshooting. Residents have their own office next to the Core Lab and sign out daily protein electrophoresis as well (B).

Lecture Halls
Lecture Halls
Numerous conference rooms and libraries can be found within the department. Daily teaching conferences occur most often in 5249 (A) and the HP Smith auditorium (B).

Resident Room
Resident Room
The resident room, located between the clinical and research laboratories, is a quiet place to study, work on research or finish up paperwork. Each resident has their own desk in the resident room.