University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Pathology Medical Student Fellowship

Selected students participate in a one-year course of study. On clinical services student fellows function essentially as first-year house officers. Students are assigned to rotations in anatomic, clinical, or experimental pathology.

Customarily, students spend two months assigned to the autopsy service, four months assigned to surgical pathology, and one month of transfusion medicine. Under the supervision of the faculty, students learn the basic principles of pathology with emphasis on clinico-pathological correlations. In addition, students are introduced to the technical aspects of anatomic pathology, including specimen dissection and preparation, histological techniques, and specialized diagnostic procedures such as electron microscopy, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemical techniques, molecular genetics, and flow cytometry.

In the remaining months, students elect rotations on other anatomic or clinical pathology services or devote some of their time to basic research under the supervision of a staff member. The service assignments that students may elect include all of the major subspecialties in pathology, including surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, cytology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, forensic pathology, dermatopathology, immunopathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematopathology, blood banking, coagulation, cytogenetics, molecular biology, and informatics.

Emphasis is placed on basic principles and their application to clinical problem-solving. The student fellows are evaluated at the end of each rotation and a summary evaluation is submitted to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs after completion of the year.

Students are fully integrated into the activities of the Department. Students participate in all of the departmental conferences and are expected to be presenters at departmental and interdepartmental conferences. Students also participate in the department’s teaching program for first and second year medical students, functioning as teaching assistants and tutors.

Tuition is paid for the fellows during the year so that they retain student benefits. A stipend is also paid to the fellows.

Interested students should contact Dr. John Lunde.

Last modified January 08 2012 04:34 PM