LAMP 7181: Hematopathology

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Dr. Michael Linden,

Course Coordinator:  Kris Bergstedt, (612) 273-5136,


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods

Total credits (weeks):  4

Consent requirement:  None

Patient care:  No

Clinical site(s):  FU: Special Hematology D-219 Mayo Memorial Building, Fairview University Medical Center, Harvard Street at East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  M-F, 8:00am-6:00pm with a 7:00am start on Wednesdays and occasional Thursdays, for resident didactic series.  No night or weekend assignments.


Required or Elective:  Elective

Limited to student type:  No

Prerequisites:  None

Course equivalency:  None

Open to visiting students:  No


Discipline(s):  Lab Medicine & Pathology

Description:  Over the course of the 4 week rotation, students will be fully integrated into the blood and bone marrow biopsy service, with “ownership” of their cases and graduated responsibility for their level of training. They will learn to preview/interpret blood smears and write up preliminary diagnostic reports. Once they are competent with blood smears, they will progress to bone marrow aspirate and biopsy interpretation, including drafting a diagnostic report. Special studies are often performed simultaneously and may include immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry; the student will learn how these influence overall diagnosis and how they are integrated into the report. There are weekly multidisciplinary and unknown teaching conferences, as well as a daily consensus/teaching conference.
        The student will become acquainted with the various complimentary modalities used to distinguish between reactive etiologies and malignant neoplasms and learn how to classify the more common types of hematopoietic neoplasms, including leukemias and lymphomas.
        The student will typically work individually with each of the 5 faculty over the course of the month. The evaluation is done as a group to gather input from each faculty member. The course grade is based on the appraisal of the student's ability to recognize and describe the more common types of hematolymphoid disorders, both reactive and neoplastic as well as all core competencies including professionalism and medical knowledge. The student is required to select a topic in hematophathology, review the medical literature and present a 20-minute talk to the residents, fellows and faculty. The talk is usually case based, with a brief presentation followed by literature review.

Course objectives:  By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • satisfactorily evaluate blood cell morphology and integrate findings into a written report
  • correlate bone marrow and peripheral blood morphology to formulate an overall hematologic diagnosis
  • integrate morphologic and immunophenotypic data to augment a hematologic diagnosis
  • recognize and describe the more common types of hematolymphoid disorders, both reactive and neoplastic


Graded components:

  • Regular attendance at worksites and conferences, as scheduled
  • Participation in conferences and discussions
  • Professionalism in interactions with faculty, residents and staff
  • End-of-rotation presentation to faculty, fellows, residents and staff

Grading scale:  H/E/S/N


An evaluation of the elective by the student will be set up in E*Value.


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