PATH690M.01 (Reno)
Independent Study in Pathology/Laboratory Medicine

Office of Medical Education

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


  • • The objective of this rotation is for the student to feel confident interpreting standard medical laboratory tests and to improve clinical skills.

Description of Rotation

  • An individualized course of study in one or more of the following sub-disciplines of pathology (some areas will depend on the availability of specimens):
  • Exposure to surgical pathology including outpatient surgeries and fine needle aspiration biopsies;
  • Observe pathology, clinical microbiology, cytology, and public health laboratories;
  • Clinical Chemistry (clinical correlations with chemistry results);
  • Clinical Immunology (use of the laboratory to help diagnose autoimmune diseases);
  • Hematopathology (look at blood smears and hematology data to evaluate clinical problems).
  • The student will discuss lab test results with laboratory personnel and present clinical case studies to physician instructor.


None required.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation by instructor; each student will be required to keep a daily record of the cases he/she has reviewed and an account of what he/she learned from that case.


  • 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

CONTACT the assistant listed above with questions or scheduling.