Conference Schedule

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Conferences

tumor boards

There are an average of nearly 30 conferences and tumor boards  per week within the pathology department; first year residents are only required to attend a select few. The resident conferences are interactive and encourage audience participation. For conferences held at the multi-headed scope, residents review an “unknown” slide set prior to the lecture and then discuss the microscopic findings as a group. Faculty members who teach the conferences are always willing to answer questions and often provide handouts and articles that pertain to the lecture material. Residents also participate in tumor boards with faculty assistance.

Summer Lecture Series

At the beginning of the academic year, there is a four-week boot camp for PGY1’s with a summer lecture series that replaces the standard schedule. The lecture series is comprised of a mixture of introductory lectures, around the microscope sessions, and professional development discussions. Simultaneously the PGY2’s receive introductory lectures to laboratory medicine. After Labor Day the combined resident conferences begins.

Combined Resident Conferences

Conference Time

MondayAP lectures and slide sessions
8:00 AM
Tuesday
CP lectures8:00 AM
Seminar Series (Grand Rounds)12:00 PM
Wednesday
Surgical Pathology Unknown Slide Conference *
8:30 AM

Thursday
Autopsy Conference (1st and 3rd), rotating AP and CP topics (2nd and 4th)
8:00 AM
AP Journal Club (3rd Thursday), slide sessions
12:00 PM
Friday
Lab Medicine call conference **8:00 AM

*One of the highlights of the conference schedule is the Wednesday surgical pathology conference, historically moderated by Dr. Stacey Mills. Now that Dr. Mills is retired moderation is spearheaded by other AP faculty who follow Dr. Mills’ original model for the conference.

**One of the most comprehensive educational offerings is the Friday morning Lab Medicine Call Conference. Residents review their most interesting and educational calls from the week and then give a twenty minute educational talk. A Faculty Member then reviews the weekly anonymous quiz (board style). This conference is run by the Division Director, Dr. Jim Gorham, and has full Faculty participation.