Residents are expected to attend all morning didactic conferences. Each workday from 8:00-9:00 AM, educational sessions are held. These times are protected for trainees; service responsibilities are covered by staff and Pathologist Assistants during this period. There are also several other daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly conferences.
Anatomic Pathology Conferences
A 2-year AP Curriculum was developed to ensure that all the core topics are appropriately covered during the residency training period. The topics are presented during morning conference (8:00-9:00 AM daily) on Mondays and Thursdays and are divided by the various organ systems. The sessions are composed of a mixture of didactic presentations and unknown sessions presented by sub-specialty pathologists in their respective fields.
Clinical Pathology Conferences
A 2-year CP Curriculum was developed to ensure that all the core topics are appropriately covered during the residency training period. The topics are presented during morning conference (8:00-9:00 AM daily) on Wednesdays. Each morning is divided into two 30-minute lectures. The sessions are composed of a mixture of didactic presentations and lectures series, such as laboratory management, presented by sub-specialty pathologists in their respective fields.
In addition to the Wednesday morning CP conferences, each Tuesday at 11:00 AM, the previous week's calls handled by the Lab Medicine Resident on Call (LMROC) are presented. Each case is discussed and feedback is provided to ensure any learning points from each case are brought forth and to sharpen decision-making skills as a budding laboratory director. Each review session lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. The remaining 15-30 minutes are then used to review a short CP topic, usually an update on current events (how Zika virus is being handled in our labs), a case presentation on an interesting patient (patient presenting with an abnormal hemoglobin pattern that turned out to be Hb Raleigh), or an update on implementation of various laboratory techniques (such as the usage of thromboelastography in our newly opened level 1 trauma center).
- Tuesdays at 8:30 AM in the Morgue
- Fridays (Brain Cutting) at 8:00 AM in the Morgue with Dr. Pytel
- Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Daily Quality Assurance Conferences
- 2:00 PM with Dr. Krausz
Weekly Clinical Conferences (Tumor Boards)
Monthly Journal Club or Special Topics
- Fridays at 12:00 PM
Since 1982, the aim of the Eleanor Humphreys Visiting Surgical Pathologist has been to bring to the University of Chicago distinguished surgical pathologists with the goal of enhancing the education of students, house staff, and faculty in the latest concepts and techniques of surgical pathology. The Visiting Surgical Pathologist brings distinction, not only to the recipient, but also to the University.
Past lectures include "Revolution and Evolution in Pathology: A Time to Reclassify?" by Sunil R. Lakhani, MBBS, MD, FRCPath in 2018, and "A Contemporary Molecular View of the Diffuse Gliomas with Implications for Diagnosis" by Daniel Brat, MD, PhD in 2017.