Practice Based Learning

  • Residents show the ability to analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology, including:
    • Evaluating their consultative reports for diagnostic and typographical errors, and assessing for suboptimal specimen quality
    • Resident are given results of their concordance with staff diagnoses and are expected to use this information to direct their studying and improve their diagnostic acumen.
    • As senior residents, actively participate in monthly Clinical Pathology Quality Assurance Committee meetings, learning how to identify and report on a variety of QA monitors (case turnaround time, mislabeled/unlabeled specimens, clotted specimens, etc.).
  • Residents show ability to locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to patients’ health care problems, including:
    • Perform literature search and review to find relevant scientific references to aid in the workup of LN/BM/Flow problems (computer-based searches).
    • Obtain and incorporate information about their patient population (via COPATH computer searches and medical records chart review) for clinicopathologic study of selected diseases.
  • Discuss and study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Residents demonstrate competency in the use of information technology to manage information, access on-line medical information, and support their own education, including:
    • Accessing of patient clinical information and previous pathology accessions via Medsite and Copath.
    • Performance of computer searches of the medical literature.
    • Accessing websites pertaining to LN/BM/Flow.
  • Residents actively participate in the teaching of medical students and other health care professionals employed in the clinical pathology section, including:
    • Teaching medical students as lecturers (senior residents only), leaders in small groups and laboratory sections.
    • Teaching medical technologists and other clinical residents during LN/BM/Flows rotations.


  • Rotation evaluation
  • Review of rotation evaluation yearly to assess improvement and discuss self-education