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Teaching Conferences

Daily resident teaching conferences occur each morning.

The spectrum of topics covered in these teaching conferences are as diverse as the field of pathology. Attendance is required at these conferences.

Monday: Gross Unknown Conference. Staff will show digital images of surgical pathology specimens and then call on a resident to discuss what they see. Generally, the resident talks about specimen's possible organ of origin, gives a differential diagnosis of the disease process and discusses the best grossing technique for the specimen. Pathology boards include questions with gross pictures, so this is valuable preparation for boards and for broadening one's knowledge base. Once a month, instead of the usual gross conference, the residents on the autopsy rotation will present and review interesting cases from the previous weeks. The autopsy conference is entirely resident-driven with oversight from our dedicated autopsy staff members.

Tuesday: Surgical Pathology Unknown Conference. The week before this conference, an assigned faculty member will put out slides for several cases (usually about six to eight) for the residents to review and formulate a diagnosis. During the conference, a resident will be called on to discuss the microscopic features, provide a differential diagnosis and explain what further studies (stains, molecular etc.) may be necessary to achieve a definitive diagnosis. The case is then discussed by staff and residents as a group. Usually the conferences have a theme (soft tissue, breast lesions, etc.) related to the special interest of the presenting faculty member.

Wednesday: Clinical Pathology Didactic Conference. Responsibility for this conference rotates from one clinical pathology service to another throughout the year (Transfusion Medicine, Chemistry, Hemepath, Immuno, Microbiology, Molecular Pathology, Informatics). For example, seven didactic sessions of Hemepath are followed by seven sessions of Microbiology, etc. Topics are widely variable, and include classification of leukemias and lymphomas, flow cytometry, coagulation testing, mycobacteria, endocrine testing, platelet usage, laboratory information systems etc.

Thursday: Anatomic Pathology Specialty Conference. Usually this conference is a didactic, but occasionally unknown cases are put out similar to the surgical pathology unknown conference on Tuesday. Neuropathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology and ocular pathology are areas typically covered.

Friday: Clinical Pathology Morning Report. Residents from each of the clinical pathology services present cases via PowerPoint format to the other residents and staff, with a short discussion. Usually each presentation lasts 10 minutes. These are typically informal presentations and do not require the resident to spend an inordinate amount of time in preparation. The benefit of having the opportunity to hone presentation skills throughout residency training is invaluable. Breakfast is provided.

Other Conferences:
Attendance is suggested, but not required:

Pathology Grand Rounds (Thursdays at noon): Similar to grand rounds in other specialties, a staff member, senior resident, fellow, or visiting faculty from another institution gives a didactic presentation. Lunch is usually provided.

Hemepath/Transfusion Medicine conference (Mondays): This is a thirty-minute didactic conference given by residents, fellows or staff. Presentations consist of an in-depth look at a particular topic/or a series of interesting cases.

Residents as Professionals (aka Residents and Pizza): This is an hour long session held one Monday a month at noon. The topics discussed are varied, including: Business management, human resources, research techniques, time management, etc. Pizza is provided.

Chairman Rounds: Held on the first Wednesday of every month at noon, Dr. Karandikar reviews special topics and interesting cases in flow cytometry. Lunch is provided.

Forensic Pathology Didactics: Held periodically on Friday at noon, these didactics cover a variety of special topics (Cause of death, environmental deaths, mass casualty, etc), and include guest speakers from local ME offices. Lunch is provided.

Gastrointestinal (GI) pathology conference (Fridays): GI faculty present recent cases to gastroenterology clinical staff and give a short didactic regarding the pathologic features of the case. This conference provides a lively and informal experience in interdepartmental communication.

In addition to these, there are several other learning opportunities specific to each rotation, including, blood club, core lab meetings and hematopathology unknown conferences.