Teaching and Research

Teaching and Research


Residents and faculty are actively involved in medical education. Since the recent curriculum reform from lecture-based to problem-based learning, our department relies more than ever on residents to lead small group sessions. The sessions focus on case studies designed to highlight organ system pathology. Participation is voluntary and residents receive full support from faculty and staff. On service, third and fourth year medical students rotate through the department and the residents oversee their educational experience. The vast majority of residents are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and find it helpful to have an extra set of hands.



Pathology Research LabThe Department of Pathology offers a diverse selection of established clinical and basic science research activities. Residents are encouraged to participate under the guidance of appropriate faculty members. Most residents are able to participate in projects that reflect their professional goals. A pathology research core facility provides personnale support for more involved projects. All research experiences are planned in advance and designed so that they can be applied towards pathology board eligibility. Residents frequently attend national meetings to present their research and those who publish receive a monetary stipend of $1,000 applied to their educational allowance.


Selected resident abstracts, presentations and publications:


Boeding E, Atkins K, Lyman J, Conaway M, Young J, and Hanley K.  Histologic and clinical response characteristics of ovarian serous papillary carcinomas in women ≤ 40 years of age.  Abstract presented at 2010 USCAP Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

Atkins K, Rao S, Boeding E, and Cohen M.  Careful radiology- pathology correlation in breast biopsies with lobular neoplasia aids in triaging for lumpectomy or observation.  Abstract presented at 2010 USCAP Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Dustin SM, Jo VY, Hanley KZ, Stelow EB. Using the Bethesda System nomenclature for the reporting of thyroid FNA achieves a high sensitivity and positive predictive value with uncommon thyroid malignancies.  2009 ASC Annual Meeting.

Stashek KM, Galgano MT, Atkins KA.  Utilizing the Bethesda System Category of Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion of Indeterminate Grade.  2009 ASC Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.