TITLE: THE PHYSICIAN AND THE LABORATORY - A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO CLINICAL LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS
OBJECTIVE: 1) To introduce the student to the various tests available in the clinical laboratory
2) To provide the student with an understanding of the sensitivity and specificity of laboratory tests and their clinical interpretation
3) To provide the student with the basic skills and knowledge regarding appropriate test ordering practices
OFFERED: One-month rotation offered twice a year; May & October
STUDENTS: Maximum: 2 visiting medical students for each rotation
REQUIRED: Completion of core clerkship in Medicine
DESCRIPTION: This elective offers an opportunity for students who are interested in understanding how laboratory tests can be ordered, and used more effectively in the evaluation of patient care. The student will observe the
day-to-day operation of a busy tertiary care hospital based clinical laboratory by spending several days in each of the major laboratories such as: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, the blood bank and laboratory immunology. During each rotation, the student will become familiar with the various tests available and develop appropriate test ordering skills. The educational format will include lectures, review of test profiles, analyses of other laboratory data, and clinical case studies with the emphasis on cost-effective laboratory utilization.
DUTIES: The student will function as a junior clinical pathology resident. He/she will be supervised by the heads of the different clinical laboratories.