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Surgical Pathology – UI Health​

Updated: 10/18/19



Students in pathology spend their rotation in the anatomic and clinical pathology laboratories that support U of IL hospital,. They are exposed to many facets of anatomic and at times clinical pathology. This includes a variety of gross anatomic pathology and microscopic pathology and occasional autopsy cases, as well as many of the cases encountered in frozen section laboratory. At the end of the rotation the student should be able to recognize basic pathological changes such as inflammation, neoplasia, degeneration, vascular alterations, and metabolic diseases.


  • Expose the student to approximately 300-500 surgical specimens and 1-4 autopsies (based on average monthly volume). This material will usually cover approximately 40 malignant neoplastic tissues/month and also many other specimens with diverse pathology;
  • Expose the student to the day-to-day practice of surgical pathology and the performance of autopsies;
  • Acquaint the student with the process of communication between pathologists and clinicians;
  • Satisfy the student’s curiosity and creativity;
  • Teach the student how to obtain information from the electronic medical chart
  • Teach the student to do clinic pathological correlations; hematopathology, and cytopathology

Students will be assigned to work side-by-side with rotating attending pathologists, surgical pathology fellows, and residents. They are expected to become familiarized with the daily handling of the specimen once it arrives to the laboratory, the morphology of gross and microscopic pathology, recording of findings, filing, and finally their retrieval. They are expected to follow the study of the gross surgical specimen with the microscopic study until a final diagnosis is established. A topic of study will be assigned and a case presentation on that topic will be given at the end of the clerkship. The general approach to establishing diagnosis will be:

  • To acquaint the student with communication between pathologists and clinicians;
  • Directional-development of direct visual memory of lesion(s)
  • Analytical-on the basis of differential diagnosis
  • Correlative-with the clinical presentation

Observation, presentation, assessment of slides , written description of cases, attendance and professionalism.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 646

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Steven Garzon, M.D.

    Coordinator: Libra Peray
    Telephone:  312-996-0206

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health

    Duration: 4 Weeks or 2 weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 3
    Housestaff Used as Faculty:
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 120 hours (4 weeks) 60 hours (2 weeks)
    Independent Study: 20 (4 weeks) 10 (2 weeks)
    Outpatient: Not applicable
    Inpatient: May be able to go to the inpatient unit to observe procedures (fine needle aspirates).
    Total Hours /Week: 40

  • Reporting Instructions

    Instructions will be given by Libra Peray, Program Coordinator, Anatomic Pathology by email.