System Based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to call on system resources to provide pathology services that are of optimal value.

  • Residents are expected to understand how genetic diagnoses affect health care decisions for patients and the health care system.
  • Discuss the types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another, including methods of controlling health care costs and allocating resources.
  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care, understanding the need for and cost of special stains, and other adjunct techniques.
  • Residents may also inspect a cytogenetics or molecular lab during a CAP inspection.


  • 360o evaluation
  • Global evaluation