IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 53CA701 — ELECTIVE IN PATHOLOGY


This elective aims to provide the student with a reasonably in-depth introduction to the clinical pathology laboratory. Through observation, interaction with pathologists and laboratory staff, hands-on activities, and an independent project/case report, the student will gain an appreciation of the scope of the medical specialty of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu)

Director: Beatriz Sanchez, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IU Health Bloomington Hospital (Bloomington)

Other Faculty: Mark Fons, DO, Bret Huber, DO

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Acquire additional skills (beyond those acquired in the pre-clinical courses) in gross and microscopic examination of tissue involved with a variety of disease processes (MK3)
  • 2) Describe basic principles of clinical laboratory testing through observation and interaction with laboratory staff (PBLI1)
  • 3) Integrate clinical and pathologic findings in the context of a patient-centered case report and presentation (MK3)
  • 4) Experience the multifaceted role of the pathologist in medium-sized community hospital (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; must have completed at least one-half of the required 3rd year clinical clerkships

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Laboratory

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Suzi Tolliver(stolliv@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None