The fellow has primary responsibility for the preparation and presentation of cases at the mortality conferences, surgical pathology and interesting case conference. In the mortality conferences, the fellow is responsible for presenting the complete autopsy findings and discussing their clinical implications. In the surgical conference, the fellow prepares photomicrographs and has full responsibility for the presentation to and discussion of cases with members of the Departments of Surgery and Radiology.
In the interesting case conference, the fellow presents cases around the multi-headed microscope and discusses the differential diagnosis. The departmental interesting case conference, held three times a week, is a major teaching resource. All staff, rotating residents and fellows attend, with clinicians sitting in on occasion. The fellow is expected to be familiar with all clinical, laboratory and anatomic aspects of the cases.
As the fellow develops increased experience, he or she may be primarily responsible for the preparation and presentation of cases at the Fetal therapy conference and Tumor Board. When presenting cases, the fellow is responsible for preparing all visual aids, including photomicrographs and slides and reviewing the pertinent literature. Staff pathologists attend the meetings as well. When not presenting, the fellow is expected to actively participate in conference discussions.
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