LAMP 7502

Acting Internship-Surgical Pathology


Haley Fleckenstein
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: The acting intern will function as an integral part of the Surgical Pathology service. The surgical pathology service at the University of Minnesota is a sub-specialty based sign-out (primarily based on organ system). Interns will be placed onto service(s) based on their interests, career goals, and service availability. Responsibilities will go beyond that of the general medical student clerkship, and will align with the expectations and goals of pathology residents on this rotation. Acting interns will be expected to take cases to preview, review with the attending, and compose reports in Beaker. They will have graduated responsibilities as the rotation proceeds, but will begin the rotation reviewing the patient's clinical history and start composing the pathology report. They will meet with a surgical pathology attending to sign-out cases on days that they are not in the gross room. The acting intern will be in the gross room intermittently (likely once per week) and will also participate in frozen sections when they are in the gross room. This course is recommended for students who either are considering a pathology residency or would like to delve into the pathology side of other specialties. We have a subspecialty based signout, and the student will be assigned to a subspecialty (organ system based) team or teams, determined by the student's areas of interest. The goal is for students to learn by becoming an integral member of the surgical pathology team. Completion of a prior pathology elective (LAMP 7150 or others) is not required, but may enhance the student's experience as an active intern.



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Site Name



UMMC - Mayo Memorial Building

 Room C459

Required session attendance: LMP Grand Rounds (academic year only), option to join resident didactics, MWF Anatomic Pathology Consensus Conference, monthly AP Journal Club, Tumor Boards (as applicable, based on the service the intern is on)

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Direct patient care: No

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.

LAMP Arranged Electives Form

Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, the learner will be able to:

  • Apply basic anatomic pathology knowledge to clinical and surgical medicine
  • Interpret surgical pathology reports
  • Perform gross and microscopic descriptions
  • Draft a basic pathology report
  • Correlate clinical, radiologic, and pathologic findings
  • Examine the relationship between anatomic and other specialties such as surgery, radiology, and internal medicine
  • Seek and incorporate feedback, engage in self-reflection, identify gaps in knowledge, and seek out professional development opportunities

Graded Components:

  • Regular attendance at worksites and conferences, as scheduled
  • Participation in conferences and discussions
  • Professionalism in interactions with faculty, residents, and staff
  • Generates a timely report including key elements for a simple case with a differential diagnosis, with assistance
  • Independently applies knowledge of morphology to identify simple pathologic diagnoses
  • Coordinates care of patients/specimens in routine cases effectively using interprofessional teams
  • Takes appropriate ownership and performs tasks and responsibilities in a timely manner with attention to detail
  • Communicates information effectively with all healthcare team members
  • End of rotation assignment/presentation to faculty, fellows, residents, and staff

Grading Scale: P/N

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Course equivalency: Does not apply