LAMP 7186: Laboratory Medicine in a Community Hospital

Course Availability:   2017-2018   2018-2019

General Information

Course Director:  Dr. Fred Apple, (612) 873-3324,

Course Coordinator:  Jessica Mullen, (612) 873-2983


MS Year:  MS3 or MS4

Periods offered:  All periods

Total credits (weeks):  4

Consent requirement:  Yes, student must get permission from the director or coordinator in order to add the course

Patient care:  No

Clinical site(s):  HC: Clinical Laboratories Office, Purple 4th Floor, Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Required session attendance:  

Typical weekly schedule:  M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm.  Conference schedule and self-study will be discussed.  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:  The student will specialize in one or two areas of the clinical lab but will participate in all its general teaching activities. The student will make rounds on patients having abnormal or interesting laboratory results and will be expected to attend and present at clinical conferences and rounds that are laboratory medicine oriented. The student will work directly with several staff members who will provide suggestions for projects, independent readings, and discussion cases. The importance of quality assurance, appropriate laboratory utilization, and the role of the clinical pathologist serving as a consultant will be emphasized. Opportunities to work on special projects are available.
This course builds appreciation of the correlation between clinical presentations and laboratory results from the perspective of a busy general hospital clinical laboratory.

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

  • discuss the clinical significance of laboratory test results, including chemistry, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, blood bank, immunology, toxicology, cytogenetics, involving sensitivity, specificity, reference ranges, and sources of false positives and negatives;
  • correlate clinical pathways and or testing algorithm for disease specific workups;
  • describe the evolving role of molecular biology in diagnostic laboratory medicine;
  • describe the role of forensic laboratory medicine testing regarding drug screening and medical examiner pathology;
  • describe the changing local, state, and federal guidelines that regulate clinical laboratory testing; and
  • describe the role of point of care testing at the bedside


Graded components:

  • Regular attendance at worksites and conferences, as scheduled
  • Engagement in conferences and discussions
  • Professionalism in interactions with faculty, residents and staff
  • Supervisor Assessment of quality and delivery of research project

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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