Residents in our department consider the lecture and conference schedule to be one of the strengths of the program. Residents are required to attend interactive daily morning conferences from 8-9 a.m., many of which are offered with online streaming. Citywide conferences take place at HMH on Fridays and offer a separate robust didactic series with unparalleled expertise. Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic, all lectures are currently in virtual format.
Our conference schedule is organized into a two year, systems-based curriculum to include balanced weekly anatomic and clinical pathology didactics. We utilize Blackboard and BCM Box to further facilitate these lectures with optional reading assignments, quizzes, and course evaluations. We also have monthly anatomic and clinical pathology unknown conferences presented by both faculty and residents. The lecture modules consist of traditional and interactive lectures each with corresponding unknown sessions led by the faculty in various formats (glass slides, cases, and PowerPoint presentations). Site specific conferences other than the 8 am conferences include Breast, Gynecological, and GI scope sessions at Ben Taub Hospital, Interesting Case Conferences at Ben Taub, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, monthly Cytology didactics, and monthly Interesting Gross Case Workshops led by our PA (pathologists’ assistant) faculty.
Incoming residents will receive a month of faculty and resident-led orientation lectures and microscope sessions including introductory grossing with corresponding basic histology and rotation-specific orientations. Upper level residents are available on most beginning rotations to help new residents get acclimated.
We have three unique mandatory courses integrated into the resident morning conference schedule including a yearly Molecular/Genomic Medicine Course, three-week long Research Course, and three-week long Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Course. The Research and QI/QA courses alternate every other year for 1st and 2nd years.
Finally, residents are required to present at least once in residency at the Citywide Surgical Pathology and Citywide Hematology Conferences on behalf of Baylor College of Medicine, both offering invaluable professional presentation experience and exposure to rare and interesting cases.