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Catalog 2022-2023 
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ELECT EPATC - Dermatopathology

Director Fourth Year Department Courses: Ashley Flowers, MD
Administrative Contact: Kix Hutchins
Number of Students Per 4 Week Block: 1
Duration: 2 Weeks
Location: Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Course Code: EPATC
2 Credits

This is a 2 week elective in anatomic pathology focusing on dermatopathology to prepare for a career in pathology or dermatology. The student will gain knowledge of the clinical presentation and histopathologic correlation of benign and neoplastic skin diseases.

Patient Care

  • Independently collect clinical information by reviewing the patient’s electronic health record and reviewing any clinical photos
  • Assist in grossing dermatopathology cases.
  • Attend dermatopathology related frozen sections. Assist in the preparation 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 dermatologic diseases.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the clinical appearance of the lesion and the histopathology

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Communicate with residents and faculty on the dermatopathology 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 review of clinical notes.
  • Develop an understanding of the clinical impact of pathologic diagnoses.

Resources for Learning:
Participating Faculty: Dr. Flowers, Dr. Cuevas Ocampo, Dr. Takei, Dr. Cotelingam
Texts: Practical dermatopathology. Rapini. Elsevier

Specific Duties of Senior Students:

  • Participate in gross examination of skin biopsies and excisions.
  • Participate in intraoperative frozen sections of skin excisions
  • Review clinical history and any clinical photos via the EMR
  • Formulate a preliminary diagnosis and differential diagnosis
  • Review all skin specimens with dermatopathology 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.

Offered: ALL