INMD 7564

Pathology for Primary Care


Joann Scozzari
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Course Personnel: Dr. Quinn Piper (, Dr. Rebecca Asch-Kendrick (

Catalog Description: The student will explore and identify how autopsies advance the understanding of diseases and disease processes, demonstrate an understanding of how to correlate clinical findings with gross and microscopic findings, and learn the epidemiologic importance of accurate death certification. Direction of the course will be primarily by student-set goals. Depending on interests, areas of focus may include participation in autopsies, observation of field work with medicolegal death investigators, ethical considerations in death investigations, medical and/or forensic case studies, and exploration of the team approach to managing unexpected deaths in rural areas. The student will have a didactic component to the rotation and will have assistance in developing the student-specific goals. Some supplemental on-line learning may be used as well. This course is managed by the Medical School Duluth Campus.

We are finding it valuable to work with the students on the definition of session goals before starting this clerkship. We will also assess the experience through the post Course reflection. Before beginning the rotation, you will be asked to submit your responses to the items below:

  1. Please use 2-3 sentences to introduce yourself so we can get to know you and what your needs are.
  • Where are you from?
  • What area of medicine are you most interested in?
  • Why did you pick this clerkship experience?
  • Please list three goals you have for your time at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Sites: 

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    Site Code

    Site Name



    Midwest Medical Examiners Office, Anoka County


    Required session attendance: Orientation and goal-setting; session attendance to be determined as part of goals

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 8:00-5:00; additional elective activities may be outside this time range

    Direct patient care: Yes

    Consent requirement: Arranged. Fill out the INMD 7564 application to request to schedule the course

    INMD 7564 Application

    Course objectives: The student will be able to:

    1. Explain the role that the Pathologist’s office and team can play in the work of a primary care provider, in helping patients and their families through times of expected and unexpected deaths
    2. Identify the role a Death Certificate plays in Public Health planning
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathologic endpoint for a variety of chronic and acute diseases.

    Graded components: End of course reflection; score regarding professionalism, completion of student-set goals, evaluation completed in MedHub

    Grading scale: P/N


    Allow repetition of course: No

    Limited to student type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

    Related curricular experience: N/A

    Secure exam:

    Course evalutation: MedHub