Conferences and Lecture Series
Anatomic Pathology Lecture Series
This weekly lecture series occurs on Thursdays at 8 am in the Pathology Conference Room. It covers basic and advanced topics in all areas of surgical and autopsy diagnostics. To complement the lectures, some speakers will distribute slide sets for resident review during the prior week.
Surgical Slide Conference
This one hour conference occurs on Tuesdays and Fridays at noon in the Pathology Conference Room. Histopathology slides of educational cases are selected by faculty and placed out as unknowns for the residents to review during the week. During the conference, a staff member will call on a resident to present each case. The most important elements are to describe the histological findings, formulate a differential diagnosis, and indicate the need for additional studies for definitive diagnosis when appropriate, e.g., specific antibodies to use for immunoperoxidase staining. The resident will then state the diagnosis, if known, and the staff member responsible for the case will then amplify on the resident's presentation as needed. The ultimate goal is to teach residents how to approach difficult issues in histopathological diagnosis, as a thoughtful and rigorous approach is fundamental to the art of diagnostic pathology. To facilitate presentations, the pathology conference room is outfitted with a high resolution microscope and a live digital imaging and projection system. This allows presentation of important findings extemporaneously without need of a multi-headed scope. In the near future, a recently installed telemedicine system connected to the same microscope system will allow examination of unknowns from remote areas and/or participation of additional sites.
Gross Pathology Conferences are held in the East Campus Autopsy Room twice weekly, on Monday (9:30 am) and Thursday (2:00 pm). The conference is attended by pathology residents, pathology staff, and members of the clinical teams involved in the care of the patient. Pathology residents, who performed the autopsies, demonstrate dissected organs, and findings are discussed with other residents and staff. Representatives from the clinical teams provide clinical-pathologic correlation. The conference teaches pathology residents how to recognize the gross appearance of disease and optimal dissection methods. The conference also provides attendants with an appreciation of underlying pathologies, potentially not evident during life, and thereby contributes to a greater understanding of the patient's medical condition. Microscopic correlation is discussed at the Gross Micro Conference, part of the Wednesday teaching conference series.
The Neuropathology conference occurs on Fridays at 9:30 am in the Autopsy Room. Attending neuropathologists perform a postmortem examination of brain and spinal cord specimens and discuss findings with attending pathology residents, neurology residents, neurology staff, and medical students. In a typical conference, the clinical history and differential diagnosis are reviewed first, followed by sectioning of the brain, brainstem, cerebellum, and spinal cord. Based on the gross findings, clinical-pathologic correlations are discussed. To complement these sessions, on some Fridays, a microscopic slide review of recent neurosurgical biopsy or postmortem brain specimens takes place in the Pathology Conference Room instead.
Clinical Pathology Lecture Series
This is a weekly Monday morning lecture series held from 8 to 9 am in the Pathology Conference Room. It is designed to introduce residents to important topics and concepts in laboratory medicine. Although presented predominantly by clinical pathology faculty from each of the clinical laboratories, occasional outside speakers contribute special expertise. Topics cover both fundamentals and emerging areas in laboratory medicine. Laboratory Management topics are covered in a series of lectures in the spring, including regulatory issues; laboratory accreditation and inspection; cost accounting; ordering, billing, and fraud; statistics; and test implementation.
Clinical Pathology Case and Issues Arising Conference
This conference, held in the Pathology Conference Room at 11 am on Wednesday, serves as a way to review all important issues that arise in our laboratory medicine division on a weekly basis. It helps hone our skills in diagnostics and laboratory practice, both of which need to be mastered by clinical pathologists. Clinical pathology residents covering the Chemistry, Cytogenetics, Hematology, Hematopathology, Microbiology, and Transfusion Medicine services keep lists of their weekly consultations and other instructive issues in their respective laboratories. These lists are distributed to all residents and clinical pathology staff at the beginning of the conference. Residents on each of the CP services, including the on call resident, serve in turn as discussion leaders during a five minute presentation/free ranging discussion about a laboratory medicine issue they think is of greatest importance. The resident will present background and data, and will then call on other residents to give a differential, interpret results, suggest additional tests, etc. There is animated discussion about each issue, to which clinical pathology staff extensively contribute. Generally, the clinical pathology chief resident organizes the conference and previews the resident lists and will identify issues for further discussion. However, the audience may ask about any issue on the lists. This conference has been approved for CME I credit.
Microbiology Plate Rounds
This one hour conference is held weekly at 12:30 on Thursdays in the Microbiology Laboratory (Rabb 350) and is required for all residents rotating through the microbiology service. Residents demonstrate organisms and diagnostic techniques with graded responsibility for conference preparation during the course of the year. Cases are chosen based on input from the infectious disease service, interest of organisms identified during the week, and overall year long educational plan. Other conference participants include infectious disease fellows and attendings, medical technologists, and medical students. Infectious disease fellows provide relevant clinical correlation on cases followed by the infectious disease service. To facilitate observation of microscopic findings, we use a recently-acquired high resolution video camera to capture live microscopic images and display them on a large, wall mounted LCD monitor. This is a hands on conference in which the entire diagnostic process is demonstrated and includes examination of plates, gram stains, epi-fluorescent staining, cytopathic effects observed by phase contrast microscopy, specialized biochemical assays, and multiple methods for susceptibility determinations.
Sponsored weekly by our department on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in the Research North 1st floor conference room, this seminar series hosts scientists from around the world, who present their latest research findings. Topics and invited speakers generally reflect the research interests of our department and are therefore weighted toward the fields of cancer biology and angiogenesis. Prior to their talks, speakers generally meet with graduate students and post doctoral fellows during a department sponsored lunch in our conference room.
Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students present their findings to faculty and peers on a weekly rotating schedule (10:00 to 11:00 AM, Tuesdays, in the First Floor Research North Conference Room). All Experimental Pathology trainees are required to attend and present. Generally, there are two presentations per week of approximately twenty minutes each, allowing time for questions and discussion.
Resident Teaching Conference
Resident and fellow presentations occur on Thursdays at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the Pathology Conference Room. The format consists alternatively of (1) in-depth presentations of interesting topics; (2) a journal club; and (3) a gross-microscopic correlation session. Details of each component conference follow:
Resident Presentations. In each session two residents present topics for approximately 20 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion. Topics are chosen by residents and may relate to experiences in AP, CP, and/or research projects. For example, a particular disease process may be reviewed. Presentations that bridge the different disciplines of pathology are highly encouraged. So, for example, in discussion of a surgical pathology entity, relevant clinical laboratory findings might also be discussed, along with the current scientific understanding of the disease process.
Resident Journal Club. In each session, two residents each present primary research articles in a journal club format. The journal club serves a primary goal of teaching our residents how to critically read the medical and scientific literature. The papers are sent to the rest of the pathology faculty and other residents prior to the conference. Residents assume the role of discussion leader; however, we encourage active and animated participation of the audience, many of whom will also have read the papers ahead of time. Residents are assigned a faculty advisor, generally from the experimental pathology division, to help with paper selection and preparation.
Gross Micro Conference. A monthly autopsy Gross/Micro Conference is held on the last Wednesday of each month in the department conference room. This conference provides microscopic follow-up to cases discussed at the weekly autopsy conferences. Here, the entire autopsy findings are also placed in context and results are correlated with clinical course and management.
Held weekly on Mondays alternatively at BIDMC and BWH. Topics are aimed at a broader audience than our departmental research seminar series. This
conference has been approved for CME I credit.