Practice Based Learning

  • Residents show the ability to analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology, including:
    • Evaluating quality assurance data for errors and trends.
    • Participate in monthly 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 solving quality control and quality assurance problems.
    • Obtain and incorporate information about their patient population (via COPATH computer searches and medical records chart review) for clinicopathologic study of selected diseases and problems.
  • Residents are able to discuss study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Residents demonstrate competency to perform with 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.
    • Perform digital imaging technology.
    • Accessing websites pertaining to specific pathologic diagnoses and issues.
  • 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 medical faculty.


  1. Rotation evaluation
  2. Review of resident portfolio yearly to assess improvement and discuss self-education