School of Medicine

Department of Pathology

Career Planning Elective in Pathology   This 3rd year elective in Pathology provides the medical student with a two week, pass-fail experience in pathology. Students will learn the role of the pathologist in the areas of surgical pathology, hematopathology, cytopathology, laboratory medicine and autopsy pathology. Students will be exposed to the following skills and procedures: grossing and previewing of surgical histology tissues, bone marrow aspirate and biopsy, fine needle aspiration and autopsy dissection. Students will attend the Pathology Residency Didactic Series and any multidisciplinary case presentation such as Tumor Board, Neuropathology, Cardiovascular Pathology, Morbidity and Mortality, Medicine Case conference. 


PATH 420:   Anatomic and Clinical Pathology  This 4th year elective in Pathology provides the medical student with a four week, graded, experience in pathology. Students will become familiar with all aspects of pathology, with some ability to tailor the rotational experience to particular career interests. Objectives include familiarity with surgical pathology grossing technique and tissue sign-out procedures including an understanding of immunohistochemistry as a diagnostic tool.   Students will participate in intraoperative consultations, cytogenetic analysis, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, fine needle aspiration, electron microscopy, renal biopsy and post-mortem examination.  Rotational experience will occur at University Medical Center as well as other LSU-affiliated hospitals, such as West Jefferson Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Students will be expected to attend the Pathology Residency Didactic Series as well as any multi-disciplinary working conferences. Evaluation will be primarily based on written documentation of participation in the above mentioned activities.  

To schedule the elective, contact the Student Affairs office.

For questions regarding the electives, contact Dr. Elizabeth Rinker (