The department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine plays an integral part in preparing medical students for their clinical years. Histology and pathology are integrated into the first- and second-year curriculum in a systems-based manner, enhancing students’ understanding of the various disease processes.
Electives are strongly encouraged for individuals considering careers in pathology and laboratory medicine but they are also beneficial for students entering surgical and general medical specialties. Electives are available to third year and fourth-year students in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. These electives are designed to provide exposure to the daily activities of the department by having students rotate through the different sub-specialties and attend teaching conferences.
3rd Year Pathology Elective
MS3 Elective: This three week long third-year elective will introduce students to the field of anatomic and clinical pathology at Memorial Hermann TMC.
4th Year Pathology Electives
(ANATOMIC) PATH-4001: This elective encompasses autopsy pathology, surgical pathology, and cytopathology. Three student slots available for each one month rotation. This course is under the direction of Dr. Amanda Tchakarov.
(CLINICAL) PATH-4007: This elective includes hematopathology/coagulation, microbiology, chemistry, immunopathology, and transfusion medicine/blood banking. Three student slots available for each one month rotation. This course is under the direction of Dr. Hlaing Tint.
(FORENSIC) PATH-4010: Students spend four weeks at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office to witness the practice of forensic pathology. 1 student slot available for each one month rotation. This course is under the direction of Dr. Ana Lopez. For questions please contact Ms. Samantha Abascal at Samantha.Abascal@ifs.hctx.net
Availability is limited, so request permission as soon as possible. If you are a visiting student that is interested in taking one of the Pathology Electives, you must contact Student Affairs to get approval.