Course ID: MED 797AT/997AT
Discipline: Medical
Prerequisites: Any two core clerkships.
Available Sites: Detroit, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Midland
Duration: 4 weeks only in Detroit and Midland, 2 or 4 weeks in Mount Pleasant, 2 weeks only in Saginaw


Students will gain experience working in clinical laboratory and pathology department. Through the perspective of the hospital laboratory and pathology service, the student will be exposed to laboratory test interpretation, diagnostic interpretation of surgical pathology, cytopathology techniques. In addition, the student will discuss the prognostic value of techniques such as cytopathology and flow cytometry analysis.

Key Objectives

  • Observe and describe gross findings in organs.
  • Differentiate normal and abnormal gross findings.
  • Recognize the microscopic characteristics of common diseases.
  • Correlate clinical manifestations of the patient with cytologic or histologic changes.
  • Formulate a final diagnosis based on clinical history, cytologic or histologic findings, ancillary studies and laboratory results.
  • Describe the impact of common population screening tests such as PSA and lipid screening on disease prevalence and severity.
  • Through the regular attendance of morbidity/mortality conference and tumor board, seek ongoing improvement of medical knowledge and patient care practices.
  • Describe the role of the clinical pathology and laboratory medicine service in the community setting.
  • Describe the evolving role of telepathology and its potential impact on community and rural practice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication among the laboratory medicine team.
  • Observe and demonstrate effective communication strategies for the exchange of diagnostic and prognostic information to consulting providers.

Assessment Method

College of Medicine standard elective assessment will be completed by supervising faculty at conclusion of elective clerkship.

Scheduling Information

Interested students should contact CMU College of Medicine Department of Distributed Clinical Education at