PATH662M.11 (Las Vegas)
Preceptorship in Forensic Pathology

Office of Medical Education

Please contact the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to verify elective availability.

Goals/Objectives

  • The objective/goal is for the students to have the opportunity to obtain a general knowledge of performing an autopsy.
  • To be able to discuss and understand the significance of diseases and injuries, lethal and non-lethal.

Description of Rotation

The Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner Department will provide the opportunity for students to observe and participate in the performance of autopsies involving a wide variety of natural diseases and numerous major trauma cases. Microscopic study of interesting lesions will be available and encouraged. Students will have the opportunity to accompany a senior investigator in the field investigation of sudden death; and to accompany medical examiners to court sessions, both at the preliminary hearing and district court levels.

References/Materials

None required.

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated on their clinical skills (see clerkship evaluation form) and extent to which they demonstrate a willingness to learn from and participate in the elective experience.

Grade

  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

Grade is 70% based on participation and 30% on clinical skills.