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Pathology Rotation

To recognize gross and microscopic features of anorectal and colon diseases.

Structure of Activities
Under the supervision of Dr. Mukunda Ray, the resident will actively participate in the gross and microscopic evaluation of pathologic material, which is received at the University of Louisville Hospital Department of Pathology. The resident will also coordinate the case selection and presentation for the conferences, which the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Department of Pathology jointly hold throughout the year.


  1. Patient Care
    • To understand the role of the pathologist in the evaluation of patients with small bowel, colon and rectal diseases
    • To know the appropriate use of the intraoperative consultation with the pathologist and frozen section
    • To recognize circumstances when pathologic evaluation is particularly difficult and the role for outside expert consultation

  2. Medical Knowledge
    • To meet the objectives set forth by the Association of Program Director for Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • To attend and actively participate in the joint Colon and Rectal Surgery/Pathology Conference
    • To read about topics of study cases

  3. Practice-based learning and improvement
    • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based medicine as it pertains to the pathology/colon and rectal surgery interface
    • Critique practice outcomes (M&M Conference) as it pertains to decisions related to pathologic diagnoses of cases

  4. Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Communication with health care professionals
    • Ability to teach students and general surgery residents

  5. Professionalism
    • Ethical behavior
    • Leadership
    • Sensitivity to others

  6. System-based practice
    • Cost effective/quality patient care as related to the pathology laboratory
    • Knowledge of test limitations
    • Role of pathologists in health care delivery

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