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PA-416 Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Elective

Director: James D. Mueller, MD, PhD

Location: Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


This 4-week elective is designed to introduce the medical student to the major areas of diagnostic Pathology.  It includes a 2-week rotation in anatomic pathology and another 2-week rotation in clinical pathology. At the end of this rotation the student will be able to appreciate the many facets of the practice of pathology and the role of the pathologist as a clinical diagnostician, consultant, researcher, and teacher.


In anatomic pathology, the student will...

  • learn the consultative role of the pathologist in patient care by observing and participating in surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy pathology. 
  • attend all departmental conferences.
  • present on a topic of choice during the fourth week of the elective.

In clinical pathology, the student will.

  • choose two areas of interest depending on the background and career goals of individual student: transfusion medicine, microbiology, molecular pathology/cytogenetics, hematopathology, and clinical chemistry
  • observe and participate in the selected areas under the supervision and guidance of the division directors.

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

At discretion of
The Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medicine Clerkship.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.