PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Recommended for students to have completed their M3 Core Clerkship in Surgery.

PURPOSE: At the end of three 4-week periods (Total-12 weeks), the student should be able to recognize basic pathological changes such as inflammation, neoplasia, degeneration, vascular alterations, and metabolic diseases.

•  To expose the student to approximately 900-1,000 surgical specimens and 5 autopsies/each four weeks spent in the department (based on average monthly volume). This material will usually cover approximately 40 malignant neoplastic tissues/month and also many other specimens with diverse pathology;
•  To expose the student to the day-to-day practice of surgical pathology and the performance of autopsies;
•  To acquaint the student with the process of communication between pathologists and clinicians;
•  To satisfy the student's curiosity and creativity;
•  To teach the student how to obtain information;
•  To teach the student to do clinic pathological correlations.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: : Students will be assigned to work side-by-side with rotating attending pathologists, surgical pathology fellows, and residents. They are expected to become familiarized with the daily handling of the specimen from cataloging of same, the morphology of gross and microscopic pathology, recording of findings, filing, and finally their retrieval. They are expected to follow the study of the gross surgical specimen with the microscopic study until a final diagnosis is established. A topic of study will be assigned and a case presentation on that topic will be given at the end of the clerkship. The general approach to establishing diagnosis will be:
•  To acquaint the student with communication between pathologists and clinicians;
•  Directional-development of direct visual memory of lesion(s);
•  Analytical-on the basis of differential diagnosis;
•  Correlative-with the clinical presentation.


Program Number: ELEC 646
Location: UICMC
Program Director: Steven Garzon, M.D.
Coordinator(s): Libra Peray
Telephone:  312-996-0206
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No

Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 2
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 16
Independent Study: 16
Inpatient: 0
Total Hours /Week: 40

Reporting Instructions: Students should report to the Surgical Pathology Department on their first day which is located in the University of Illinois Medical Center, 1740 W. Taylor Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3114, Chicago, IL 60612. Students should arrive by 7:45 AM. Upon arrival, further instructions will be given by Ms. Libra Peray, Program Coordinator, Anatomic Pathology.

Updated: 7/14/15