We have a well-developed pathology resident conference schedule, with a formal lecture or presentation occurring every morning and something more informal planned for the late afternoon on most days. In addition, many rotations are complemented by their own discussions, lectures, or joint conferences with physicians other departments. The conferences generally follow the outline schedule below.
|8:00 AM Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays||Didactic / Unknown slide conference / Autopsy conference/Gross Conference|
|3:00 PM Mondays||CP call Review/CP talk (residents on CP rotations)|
|8:00 AM Tuesdays||Pathology Grand Rounds/Case of the Month|
|3:00 PM Tuesdays||CP Review (residents on CP Rotations)|
|5:00 PM Tuesdays||Combined Modality/Oncology Conference|
|3:00 PM Wednesdays||CP Case Review / CP Journal Club (residents on CP rotations)/Rotating medical student presentations|
|12:00 PM Thursdays||AP Journal Club/Rotating medical student presentations|
|3:00 PM Thursdays||Microbiology case review (residents on Microbiology and LBJ CP rotations)|
|8:15 AM Fridays||Joint UT, TMH, Baylor, and UTMB Conference|
|4:00 PM (variable)||PIP slides conference / Slide Review conference / Unknown slide conference|
|4:00 PM Daily (July-August)||Boot Camp for PGY-1 residents|
Residents gain experience teaching and get to see the impact of the pathologic diagnosis on patient care through their presentations at interdepartmental conferences. In particular, there are several joint conferences with the internal medicine department in which interesting or complicated surgical pathology or autopsy cases are discussed (Med-Path Conferences or Autopsy CPC). There are also several tumor boards, subspecialty case conferences, and other interdepartmental sessions which residents may attend throughout the month. Within our department, there are daily and weekly quality assurance conferences attended by residents and faculty. In addition, a “Boot Camp” for PGY-1 residents is offered during the first two months of training in which residents are introduced to organ specific grossing instructions, system-based histology, and common pathology diagnosis.