IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 02CA710 — PATHOLOGY


This elective is designed to acquaint the student with the practice of pathology. The student will spend time doing general anatomic pathology which includes autopsy and surgical pathology. He/she will participate in the performance of autopsies, gross specimen dissection, frozen sections, and microscopic examination with pathologists. Students are encouraged to participate in the dictation of gross findings. He/she will also spend time on the hematology and cytology services. The student will examine gynecological and non-gynecological cytology specimens and observe the performance and interpretation of fine needle aspiration biopsies. On the hematology service he/she will study peripheral smears and observe the retrieval and microscopic examination of bone marrow aspiration and biopsy specimens. The student may arrange to observe other areas of the pathology laboratory, such as blood bank, chemistry and microbiology. Throughout the month the student is encouraged to attend and, when appropriate, participate in the weekly tumor boards

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Seung Soo Kim, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Identify common lesions in anatomic pathology (MK3)
  • 2) Recognize the microscopic characteristics of frequent diseases found in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology and the blood bank settings (PC3)
  • 3) Formulate differential diagnosis in surgical pathology (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Dr. Kim will work directly with the student to evaluate skills and knowledge base. There will be a quiz at the end of the rotation consisting of slides of common lesions that the student will have seen during the course of the month. )

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 15% Laboratory; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators. For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573. All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None