Your training will be divided into two phases:
Phase I consists of a nine-month introduction to laboratory systems and the various laboratories providing services. Through one-on-one interaction, lectures, case presentations and laboratory exercises, you will learn the basic principles of analysis, the pathophysiology of disease, and the application of clinical chemistry to diagnosis.
During this phase, you will rotate through laboratories in clinical biochemistry, metabolic and hematologic biochemistry, clinical immunology, cell kinetics and laboratory genetics. Your studies will focus on details of testing, methodology and the clinical correlation of laboratory tests. You also will be assigned to a project related to the development and implementation of a new laboratory test.
Your final 15 months will focus on an approved translational research project. You also will assume increasing responsibility in the laboratories where you perform projects. Laboratory and patient problems will be referred to you to help you prepare for your ultimate role as a hospital clinical laboratory director, assistant director or developmental scientist/manager in a diagnostic-related company.
Fellows are evaluated at the completion of each rotation during the first year and quarterly during the second year. Evaluations assess fellow competence in patient care, medical knowledge, professionalism, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement; and interpersonal and communication skills.
The program director meets with each fellow quarterly to review their evaluations and discuss professional growth. In addition, allied health staff and residents are asked to evaluate the fellow's performance periodically.
Fellows are able to view their evaluations electronically. Final written summative evaluations are completed for each fellow upon completion of the program.