Electives

The department coordinates the following electives:

Anatomical & Clinical Pathology (Rasca)
Forensic Pathology (Denton)
Practical General Pathology and Nuclear Medicine (Anderson)
Neuropathology (Bach)
Advanced Anatomy (Egli)
Community Health (Aiyer,OBryant)
Dermatology (Kentosh)
Quality and Safety (Stapel & Gelbach)

Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

The student will participate directly in the daily work of surgical pathology and cytology in the laboratory in a Pathologist Assistant-preceptor role. This course will also give the student an introduction to Clinical Pathology and will cover all areas of clinical laboratory including hematology, immunohematology (blood bank), serology, microbiology, chemistry, and laboratory administration.

General Pathology & Nuclear Medicine

The student will be given an opportunity to actively participate in the general practice of both anatomic and clinical pathology in a community setting along with general nuclear medicine. Intra-departmental rotations will include surgical pathology, autopsy, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, blood bank, microbiology and medical microscopy. A complete array of in vivo clinical imaging procedures will be available, including nuclear cardiology and planar and tomographic SPECT studies. There will be an opportunity to gain experience in clinical thyroidology, primarily comprised of therapy and management of hyperthyroidism.

Neuropathology

This elective is specifically offered for those students who have further plans of a career or interest in Neurosciences or Pathology. During this time, the student will be able to learn fundamentals of neuropathology. The student will review surgical as well as autopsy materials of interest, participation in a weekly brain cutting conference will enable the student to improve basic neuroanatomy and appreciate clinical correlation. For those electing 8 weeks, basic electron microscopy and an opportunity to learn muscle pathology and enzyme histochemistry can be arranged. Also, for the ambitious individuals, work from collected previous surgical or autopsy material can result in a publication of a paper and/or paper presentation in a national meeting.
Advanced Anatomy

Community Health

This elective is designed to develop the skills of the M3 and M4 student in the management of an undifferentiated patient in the community health setting. It will provide a basic knowledge of common experience and allow them to appreciate the unique environment of the community healthcare team providing care, disposition of patients and the multiple challenges that face patients trying to access care.

Dermatology

This elective is designed to develop the skills of the M3 and M4 student in the management of an undifferentiated patient in the community health setting. It will provide a basic knowledge of common experience and allow them to appreciate the unique environment of the community healthcare team providing care, disposition of patients and the multiple challenges that face patients trying to access care.

Quality & Safety

Health care systems is one of the five themes that is embedded longitudinally throughout the Illinois College of Medicine Curriculum. The primary goal of this elective is to provide applied learning opportunities for the content of quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare settings. During this 4 week elective, students will work with various members of quality and safety teams of local healthcare systems.

Students interested in participating may sign up for the electives through the Office of Student Affairs. UIC students from other campuses and students from medical schools other than the University of Illinois should visit the Visiting Students page.

Course Coordinator

Debby Tucker
Administrative Aide
UICOMP B232
309-680-8641
[email protected]