Departmental Course: Laboratory Medicine

​​Clerkship Coordinator:  Laura Craig
Phone: 206.616.6062


Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

To Apply:
  1. Please contact 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.

You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Coordinator.​​ ​

Course # 680 – Clinical Laboratory Testing: Methods & Interpretation

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks, 4 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of required third year core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob Gyn, and Surgery.

Provides the medical student with an opportunity to develop the ability to evaluate clinical laboratory data and to gain insight into methodologies, equipment, principles and quality control used in the clinical laboratory. Students may select from a variety of laboratory areas. The two-week, full-time modules approach the clinical laboratory from a variety of emphases – specific to general, technical to interpretative. Recommended reading material will be introduced by the individual instructor. A descriptive brochure of the available subsections (modules) is mailed to all clinical clerks prior to clerkship selections, and is available on request by calling 206.598.6133 or on the web at (under “Education” select “Medical Student Courses”). Confirmation of assignment and instructions will be sent to the student prior to the starting date. Final assignments are made on the basis of students’ choices and subsection availability.

Enrollment: Variable
Visiting students require permission from department.​

Course # 685 – Laboratory Case Studies for Clinical Diagnosis

Offered W only – 2 Weeks, 4 credits
Instructor: Nester
Prerequisites: Completion of all required third year clerkships

This course is aimed at preparing senior medical students for the rigors of clinical residency by educating them in the efficient selection and rational interpretation of laboratory tests. A nuclear faculty will employ a combination of lectures and case discussion to help develop cost-and time-effective strategies for diagnosing and managing common clinical problems. Appropriate test choices, optimum clinical laboratory utilization, and limitations of tests will be emphasized. The pathophysiological basis of laboratory testing will be emphasized; analytical methodology will be minimized. We will also address how to evaluate new tests, economics of testing, and minimizing equivocal results.

Enrollment: 30 students
Visiting students require permission from department. ​​