Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Anatomic Pathology (Minnesota)


This clerkship offers two weeks of full participation in the activities of Anatomic Pathology, including the surgical pathology laboratories at both Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, and Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. Students are exposed to autopsy and cytology for one week.

Students spend one week in Clinical Pathology and are exposed to different laboratories such as hematopathology, transfusion medicine and microbiology; or others based on personal interest.

Specific goals

  1. Familiarity with the working of a large anatomic pathology practice, with an emphasis in the frozen section laboratory
  2. Learn basic methods of evaluation of gross and microscopic specimens and making pathologic diagnoses in anatomic pathology
  3. Become familiar with clinical pathology laboratories

Activity outline

The student works at both frozen section laboratories doing gross and microscopic evaluation of pathologic specimens under the guidance of a faculty consultant, pathology fellows and residents. They assist in the performance of autopsies and review cytology specimens with the assistance of faculty consultants and cytopathology fellows.

Students are exposed to the functioning of the clinical pathology laboratories under the guidance of faculty consultant and residents. They meet on a regular basis with the faculty coordinator.

Method of evaluation

Students are evaluated based on feedback from consultants, fellows and residents at frozen section laboratories, cytology and autopsy service, and evaluation by the faculty coordinator.

The student does an oral presentation on an interesting case that they would have seen on the surgical or autopsy service. This consists of a brief history and pathologic findings, followed by recent data about the cell and molecular biological aspects of the specific lesion.

March 08, 2017