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Department: MEPAT-Pathology
Course: 576-Molecular Genetic Pathology

Course Director: Kevin Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Angshumoy Roy, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.,Adekunle Michael Adesina, M.D.,Jyotinder Punia, M.D.,Kevin Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.,Dolores H. Lopez-Terrada, M.D., Ph.D.
Elective Location: TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Two Week Periods:
Min. Number of Students: Max:  1
Elective Type: Clinical
Matriculating prior to fall 20158
Matriculating fall 2015 and beyond4
Pre-requisites: None
Open to US Visiting Students: Yes
Open to International Visiting Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 5 days/week, ~9 hours Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Course Description & Learning Objectives:
Molecular Genetic Pathology is a pathology subspecialty that encompasses the study, design, application, and validation of molecular techniques to the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients. It is a multifaceted clinical endeavor that is integral to the practice of both pathology and clinical medicine. The overall goal of medical student elective rotation is to provide the learner with exposure to the basic principles of molecular techniques and their applications to human disease.

Learning Objectives

-Interpret various nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostic assays relevant to human disease

-Analyze relevant clinical/family history and previous pathology testing results and apply to daily clinical sign-out

-Interact effectively and appropriately with medical technologists and other laboratory personnel

Learning Activities
Medical students will collaboratively participate in daily sign-out of clinical molecular diagnostic tests with faculty, residents/fellows, and laboratory staff. They will attend and actively participate in required weekly laboratory and didactic conferences. Furthermore, medical students may be assigned quality improvement and/or validation projects appropriate for their level of training. Clinical and translational research opportunities also exist for the motivated individual.

Evaluation Methods
Clinical performance: 90%

Oral presentation: 10%

Grading scale: H, HP, P, MP, F

Students will work closely with faculty, fellows, residents, and laboratory staff. The required evaluation forms are completed based on consensus of those who worked closely with the student.

Students will also be required to give an oral presentation to the molecular oncology team before the end of their rotation. The topic will be defined during the rotation, and will focus on a molecular case, technique, or other clinical topic selected with input from faculty.

When and Where to report on first day of service:
TCH, AB135 (Pathology Dept) Sue Jackson sajackso@texaschildrens.org
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Yvetter Boney
Contact Phone: 713-798-5490
Contact Fax: 713-798-3665
Contact Location: One Baylor Plaza Houston TX 77030 Pathology Dept 213B
Address: BCM315
Email: yboney@bcm.edu
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