Departmental Course: Pathology

​​​​​​​​Hazel Gawaran, Interim Clerkship Administrator
Phone: 206.616.9343​
​​Email: pthclerk@uw​.edu

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Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates.

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Coordinator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.
Cancelation: ​
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Coordinator.

PATH 676 P - Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Spokane

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2 or 4 Weeks, 4 or 8 credits 
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director: Sanjay Logani, MD

The student will rotate through the Providence Sacred Heart laboratory to orient him/her to the work-flow and observe the pathologist as they perform frozen sections, gross examination, microscopic examination and autopsy pathology as part of their daily responsibilities. Students will attend tumor boards and other relevant conferences to observe how pathology integrates with clinical medicine. In addition, the student will likely rotate to InCyte Pathology and Holy Family Hospital to accomplish some of the training objectives. Approximately 75% of the student's time will be spent on anatomic pathology and the remainder will be spent at the medical examiner's office with Dr. Aiken. 

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.


PATH 677 P - Neuropathology - Harborview Medical Center

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: HuBio Series 9 required. Third year medical student standing.
Clerkship Director, Luis Gonzales-Cuyer, MD
email: luisgonz@uw.edu


Goals:
Participation in dissection and study of neuropathology cases. Students will work up cases under senior staff, including dissection, microscopic examination and literature review. Attendance at neuropathology conferences and seminars is expected.

Objectives:
By the end of this rotation, students should be able to:

  • Have a general understanding of neuropathology practice and mechanisms of neurological diseases.
  • Perform gross descriptions and dissect common neuropathologic specimens.
  • Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for common neuropathologic specimens and a diagnostic approach toward determining correct diagnoses.
  • Determine when expert consultation is needed for complex cases and to appropriately use these resources.
  • Produce comprehensive and accurate pathology reports for neuropathology cases.
  • Present a clinical pathologic didactic presentation on a subject relevant to neuropathology practice or research.

PATH 680 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - UW Medical Center

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Science Curriculum, at least 6 months of third-year clerkships (including medicine, surgery and/or pediatrics (exceptions require approval from Course Director(s), contact Clerkship Coordinator)
Course Directors: Maria Westerhoff, MD

Medical student participation in dissection and study of autopsy and surgical pathology cases. Cases worked up under senior staff, including dissection, microscopic examination, and literature review. Attendance at pathology conferences and seminars are at the discretion of the clerkship director.


Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 681 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Harborview Medical Center

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director: Maria Tretiakova, MD, PhD

At Harborview Medical Center, students participate in the daily work of the pathology resident, with resident and attending pathologist supervision. A highlight of this multidisciplinary rotation is an emphasis on genitourinary pathology and cytopathology, exposure to neuropathology and forensic pathology, and integrating the knowledge of patient problems, clinical-pathological findings and potential translational research studies to better understand disease processes and treatment. The rotation could be individualized to the student's interests and may include visits to affiliated sites offering additional diagnostic or educational activities. Student schedule: 0800-1700h, Mon-Fri, except holidays. No on-call responsibility. 

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 682 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Offered A, W, Sp – 4 Weeks, 8 credits (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director:  Jeffery Virgin, MD, PhD

The Anatomic Pathology Service provides diagnostic care for patients who have a wide range of medical disorders. It uses various methods (e.g., gross observations, light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy) to examine specimens removed from living and deceased patients, then integrates the results of examinations with the knowledge of patient problems and basic human biology to better understand disease processes. Students on this rotation are exposed to all facets of our diagnostic methods, and are expected, in conjunction with a staff pathologist, to take some responsibility for the conduct of several autopsy examinations, if available.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 683 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - King County Medical Examiner’s Office

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Timothy Williams, MD

The medical student clerk will be able to participate in the activities of the Office to the degree that his/her abilities and interest allow. This may include observation of autopsies, performance (in part or in full) of autopsies, observation of scene investigation, and accompanying the pathologists to court. The autopsy material comprises a broad spectrum of pathology, including natural diseases and injuries of all sorts. All activities will be carried on under close staff supervision.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 687 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Seattle Children’s Hospital

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Bonnie Cole, MD

The pediatric pathology clerkship at SCH is expressly intended for students seriously interested in a career in pediatrics, or pediatric pathology. Students have the opportunity to study a variety of pediatric diseases. Students may also use this time to initiate a clinical research project. There is ample time to attend departmental and hospital conferences.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 688 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Madigan Army Medical Center

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 6 weeks, 12 credits (4 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Jared Andrews (MAJ)
Email: jared.m.andrews4.mil@mail.mil


The clerkship is to provide an introduction to the practice of pathology in a general hospital. The standard rotation places the clerk with residents in surgical and possibly autopsy pathology. The clerk first observes and then takes part in the actual examination, description, dissection, and diagnosis of surgical tissues. If available during the clerkship, the clerk should complete at least one full autopsy under supervision. Full attendance at all academic conferences, slide conferences, clinical pathology conferences, and other departmental teaching conferences is expected. Clerks present surgical specimen findings, prepare for conferences, and will be called upon to give opinions and participate in all discussions. Reading and an inquisitive nature are required to maximize the value of the rotation. All of this is accomplished in a cordial atmosphere with hands-on guidance. Most clerks will spend 3-5 days on Clinical Pathology to provide exposure to other areas of Pathology, such as hematology, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and microbiology. The length of the rotation may be altered.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Coordinator.
Visiting students require permission from department. ​​​​​​