SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Pathology Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Judy Aronson, M.D.
Other Faculty:
Drs. Jianli Dong, Kirill Lyapichev, Ranjana Nawgiri, Anthony Okorodudu, Harshwardhan Thaker and Natalie Williams-Bouyer
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 4/25/2022 - 5/20/2022
• 4-week block: 5/23/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Students should make an appointment with the faculty sponsors, Dr. Judy Aronson or Dr. Natalie Williams-Bouyer, to discuss the preceptorship and areas of interest. Appointments can be made by contacting Tracy Wilkins in the Pathology Laboratory Administration Office, Clinical Services Wing, Room 5.506; Office: 409-772-3314.

Goals & Objectives
 To expose students to the practice of hospital pathology. To familiarize students with location and function of clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology laboratories, and their roles in patient care. To reinforce and build upon basic concepts of laboratory medicine, general pathology, and mechanisms of disease studied during year 1 of medical school.

Description of course activities
 Students will be paired with one or more pathologists at UTMB and will accompany the practitioner in his/her daily activities. These activities may include autopsy, surgical pathology, cytopathology, clinical laboratory science (microbiology, chemistry, hematopathology), teaching conferences, and other meetings. Students will be encouraged to become as actively involved in patient care activities as their level of training permits. Substantial supervision will be provided. Each student will be paired with a practitioner who best matches the studentís interests. All faculty preceptors will be board certified pathologists who are in academic practice.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Not applicable, due to nature of preceptorship, with minimal direct patient clinical contact. However, students will interact with pathology faculty daily, during pathology related activities.
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Oral presentations of various degrees of formality, depending on the division. Students will present to mixed audience of faculty, staff, residents, and other students.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Once, 15-45 minutes, depending on division.
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Students will prepare a brief presentation of clinical history and pathology or laboratory medicine findings related to a current case.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Not required
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Students should participate in all relevant divisional clinical and teaching conferences and sign out sessions. Students should demonstrate engagement and professional behavior.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe