Surgical Pathology Rotation

A Resident's day-to-day on the Surgical Pathology Rotation 

The surgical pathology rotation is organized into five subspecialities (Derm/bone and soft tissue, genitourinary, breast/gyn, gastrointestinal, and ENT/lung). Residents are assigned 2 two-week blocks of subspecialty benches for each four week rotation.  We follow a three day cycle where we gross on the first day and preview and sign out cases for next two days.

On the grossing days, the residents are responsible for grossing the cases for their respective subspecialty and all intraoperative frozen sections. The next two days start with previewing the first outs and discussing the cases with the faculty by 10:30. Rest of the morning is spent previewing the cases as they come out and the cases are signed out by the faculty in the afternoon. This is the time of active discussions and teaching. The resident on a particular service is also responsible for presenting the cases at the tumor board conference. We have a very diverse specimen portfolio with plenty of zebras and an excellent faculty to teach the best approach to all type of cases.