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Electives - Pathology



Elective Number: 2306 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Alejandro Gru, New Hospital Expansion room 3024

Duration: 2 weeks minimum; 4 weeks maximum

Available: all Rotations

Time to Report: 9:00 am

Place to Report: Surgical Pathology; New Hospital Expansion room 3024

Typical Day: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: This elective is designed for the student who has an interest in dermatology, pathology (particularly surgical pathology), or dermatopathology. During the course of this elective, the student will actively participate in all aspects of diagnostic dermatopathology, especially in signout sessions with the course director and pathology and dermatology residents and fellows. Case material ranges from common conditions biopsied on an outpatient basis, to complicated cases originating from the dermatology consultation service or from pathologists at other institutions. Students will also attend selected conferences, including Dermatology Grand Rounds and the Melanoma Team Conference. The MS will also have the chance to participate in the weekly journal club, cutaneous lymphoma tumor board, and slide discussion symposia.
If desired, mini research projects can be arranged on an individual basis. However, it is strongly suggested that the MS rotating through the service will write up a case report or small case series during the course of the rotation, or immediately after finishing it.


1) Understand the role of the dermatopathologists in the diagnosis of common dermatologic conditions;

2) be able to recognize and understand how important a clinicopathologic correlation serves to the practice of a pathologist;

3) recognize basic patterns of inflammatory skin disorders;

4) recognize frequent neoplastic conditions on the skin;

5) familiarize themselves with routine microscopic descriptions and pathologic terminology used in dermatopathology.