This rotation is designed to allow an upper level resident to sign-out the biopsy specimens. It is intended for the beginning of the academic year to allow the first year residents to concentrate on gross examination and diagnosis of the large specimens. A pathology assistant will gross the small specimens.
The biopsy resident will be expected to preview all of the biopsy cases for the day and create preliminary diagnoses on these cases to be signed out with the attending staff. 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 sign-out 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.