PATH 686

Course Director: Koch
Prerequisite: 3rd or 4th year student standing
Quarters Offered:
PATH 686 will be exclusively offered to visiting medical students in Summer and Autumn Quarters.
PATH 686 will be offered to UW medical students Winter and Spring quarter only
Rotation Length: 2 or 4 weeks
Credits: 4-8, depending on length of rotation

Visiting medical students are welcome to apply in VSAS.

To enquire about the status of the time frame you are interested in, and for permission to register please contact:
Alisa Ulrich-Herrera

Please note: medical students who are interested must request for the clerkship at least 60 days in advance due to onboarding requirements

Provides medical students an opportunity to improve on gross and microscopic diagnosis, and to experience what it is like to be a pathology resident at the University of Washington. Participants pair with a trainee and faculty mentors to serve as a source of information and guidance. Students attend resident didactics, tumor boards, daily signouts, discussion groups, and personalized slide sessions

Students attend daily signout virtually via Zoom. Attendings (located at UWMC or HMC) use their microscope cameras to project slide images on the shared screen. Slides are from patients at UWMC, SCCA, NWH, and HMC, as well as UWMC clinics throughout the region. Students have the opportunity to make diagnoses, see reports, look up history and lab values, and ask questions in real-time. During intraoperative consultation, slides are scanned and the students control the scanner to evaluate the slides and make prelminary diagnoses. Pictures of gross specimens are also shared electronically. Students can attend autopsy via Zoom as well, observing the procedure and then viewing slides and writeups during follow-up. Additional online activities include resident didactics, grand rounds, slide sessions with faculty, and small-group sessions with residents utilizing publically available whole slide image libraries. The students are assigned weekly cases for workup, receiving results in real time based on their orders. At the end of the rotation, students give a short presentation based on a case, entity, or technique they encountered.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how a biopsy or surgical specimen is processed, from procurement to glass slides.
  • Define the terms neoplasia, benign, malignant, carcinoma.
  • Recognize tissue of origin under the microscope.
  • Recognize basic pathologic entities.
  • Identify and describe the components of a pathology report.
  • Understand how pathologic diagnoses affect patient care.
  • Describe the utility and appropriate use of frozen section and immunohistochemistry.
  • Identify reasons to pursue Pathology as a career.
  • Understand the structure and culture of UWMC Pathology Residency.