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Read Out and Sign Out

Pathology & Lab Medicine

This rotation is set up to allow upper level residents to read out and signout all the large specimens in one month, assisting the junior residents. The junior residents will gross the majority of the specimens. The read out resident will be expected to preview all of the large cases for the day with the junior resident and create preliminary diagnoses on these cases to be signed out with the attending staff. The upper level resident will assist the attending staff in the supervision and training of the first year residents. He or she will be expected to review all of the day's Surgical Pathology slides and dictate diagnoses and, where appropriate, microscopic descriptions of those slides. When indicated, the upper level resident is expected to order special stains, request further sampling of tissues and research pertinent literature. In general, he or she is responsible for preparing the case for final review and signout by the attending. He or she is expected to maintain a log of incomplete or unsigned out cases and to expedite their completion. A collection of current interesting cases or teaching examples is to be maintained by the upper level resident in preparation for the weekly Surgical Pathology conferences.