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Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ELECT EPATA - Advanced Anatomic Pathology

Director Fourth Year Department Courses: Ashley Flowers, MD
Administrative Contact: Kix Hutchins
Number of Students Per 4 Week Block: 1
Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Elective Offered During Blocks: 3 - 10
Course Code: EPATA
4 Credits

This is a 4 week elective in anatomic pathology for students pursuing a career in pathology. This is an advanced elective after completion of the EPATH elective with a focus in anatomic pathology. The student will have increased responsibilities in grossing, frozen sections, and preliminary diagnosis in anatomic pathology. The student will have an opportunity for participating in a research project directed by a basic science or clinical faculty member (optional).

Patient Care

  • Independently collect clinical information by reviewing the patient’s electronic health record and reviewing any clinical photos
  • Gross and dictate simple anatomic pathology cases with the supervision of a resident.
  • Attend intraoperative frozen sections. Assist in the grossing, freezing, cutting, and staining of frozen sections.
  • Formulate a preliminary diagnosis
  • Suggest appropriate diagnostic tests relevant to the histopathologic evaluation.

Medical Knowledge

  • Become familiar with the clinical presentation of common  diseases and gross findings.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the clinical presentation, gross findings and histopathology.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate with residents and faculty on the anatomic pathology service.
  • Write organized, appropriately focused, and accurate clinical information.


  • Demonstrate personal accountability, integrity, compassion, respect, altruism, and empathy when interacting with all members of the health care team, patients and their families, in order to provide the best patient care
  • Demonstrate punctuality and ability to complete patient care tasks efficiently

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Demonstrate self-directed learning in daily practice
    • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and clinical skills through self-evaluation
    • Develop a plan for improvement, perform appropriate learning activities, solicit and incorporate feedback
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice
    • Access appropriate resources to answer clinical questions
    • Critically appraise relevant literature and incorporate it  into patient care

Systems-Based Practice

  • Demonstrate the appropriate utilization of ancillary testing, and utilize clinical-pathologic correlation.
  • Develop an understanding of the clinical impact of pathologic diagnoses.

Resources for Learning:
Participating Faculty: All Anatomic and Clinical Pathology faculty
Texts: The Practice of Surgical Pathology: A Beginner’s Guide to the Diagnostic Process. Molavi Springer

Specific Duties of Senior Students:

  • Participate in the gross examination and dictation of simple surgical specimens.
  • Participate in intraoperative frozen sections.
  • Review clinical history and any clinical photos via the EMR
  • Formulate a preliminary diagnosis and differential diagnosis
  • Review all cases with the corresponding faculty.

The medical student will be evaluated by the faculty and/or residents who are assigned to rotation during the same time as the medical student.

Completion of EPATH

Offered: 3-10