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Laboratory Medicine - Hematology

Elective Number: 2311 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Robin LeGallo

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: all Rotations - contact Dr. LeGallo to schedule

Report to: Heme Path attending

Time to Report: 8:00 am - call HemePath resident beeper 1386 for exact time

Place to Report: Core Lab - 112 11th St. (ring door bell for entry)

Typical day: 8:00 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 will provide an introduction to Laboratory Hematology. The student participates with the resident and attending staff at daily rounds, conferences and in the consultative and diagnostic activities of the Laboratory Hematology service. The student will learn the clinical and pathologic aspects of interpreting of peripheral blood smears, body fluids, coagulation studies, bone marrow, etc. in the Hematology Laboratory. Special interests of the student, i.e., Pediatrics, Family Practice, or Internal Medicine can be addressed.

Knowledge objectives:

The student is expected to:
be prepared to answer questions at rounds regarding red cell disorders: microcytic anemia, normochromic normocytic anemia, macrocytic anemia, aplastic and hypoplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia, disorders of hemoglobin synthesis and polycythemia;

be prepared to answer questions at rounds regarding white cell disorders: reactive disorders of granulocytes, lymphocytes and moncytes, acute leukemia & MDS, chronic myeloproliferative disorders, lymphoma, myeloma,

be prepared to answer questions at rounds regarding disorders of platelets and coagulation.

Skill objectives:

The student is expected to:
interpret a peripheral blood smear (PBS); relate automated data to the PBS and clinical situation;

demonstrate familiarity with interpretation of basic immunologic marker studies;

demonstrate the ability to use literature search capabilities to submit/retrieve data for clinical care and presentation;
contribute to the weekly Heme-Pathol Journal club (one presentation per two week rotation;

participate and assist the residents in the Adult and Pediatric Hematology-Pathology conferences; Coagulation conference; Molecular Pathology rounds; Bone marrow transplant review;

teach medical students when such teaching activities occur.

Professional objectives:

The student is expected to demonstrate:

a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.