Anatomic and clinical pathology boot camps: Filling pathology-specific gaps in undergraduate medical education

Wesley Y. Naritoku, Ljiljana Vasovic, Jacob J. Steinberg, Michael B. Prystowsky, Suzanne Z. Powell

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Context. - The Liaison Committee on Medical Education began an initiative to change medical education across the United States in the early 2000s. With the explosion in medical science knowledge, the need arose to teach selected fundamental information both in a contextual and in an active learning manner. Objective. - To identify ways to address gaps in training and knowledge that became apparent following implementation of learner-centered teaching methods, with devotion of more time to Internet-based learning and less emphasis on face-to-face lecture time. There was a dramatic departure from or de-emphasis of many traditional courses, such as embryology, gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, and pathology, to the integration of these sciences into system-based active learning courses. This change in medical school curricula produces a medical graduate who hopefully thinks differently but certainly lacks subject-specific knowledge for a variety of medical specialties. Data Sources. - Pathology residency programs have developed "boot camps" for the initial months of residency training both to provide the necessary foundation of pathology-specific medical science and to introduce basic skills and processes required for practice of anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine. The College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee sent a questionnaire out on the Program Directors Section Listserv; the results are discussed and 3 boot camp programs are described. Conclusions. - Boot camps have 2 purposes: (1) to teach or strengthen knowledge required to practice pathology and (2) to introduce basic skills and processes that will be used during the practitioner's career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-321
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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