The resident discusses each complex specimen with the supervising faculty member prior to its dissection, including documentation of relevant prognostic information, the approach to the specimen, and procurement of tissues in special fixatives or frozen, if necessary. The faculty members and pathologist assistant supervise gross room operation. It is the resident’s responsibility to handle all cases in the gross room with the assistance of the supervising faculty. The faculty pathologist is responsible for the final diagnoses of all surgical pathology cases.
The on service teaching faculty members are physically present during standard operating hours; faculty members not physically present are rapidly available by phone or pager. At all times, a supervising faculty member is on-call for evening and weekend questions. No diagnosis is communicated to the clinicians before a faculty member has evaluated the case.