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.
Review of resident portfolio yearly to assess improvement and discuss self-education
West Virginia University
School of Medicine
1 Medical Center Drive
P.O. Box 9100
Morgantown, WV 26506-9600