Pediatric pathology is concerned with the study and diagnosis of human disease manifested in the embryo, fetus, infant, child and adolescent.
The curriculum of the core pediatric pathology rotation is centered on general and systemic aspects of pediatric surgical pathology of all organ systems (including cardiac, vascular, pulmonary, neuro-, head and neck, endocrine, hepato-gastrointestinal, renal, urogenital, dermato-, bone and soft tissue pathology), with incorporation of pediatric hematopathology. Residents participate in routine gross exam of complex cases, frozen sections, obtaining clinical history, microscopic exam and work-up with faculty sign-out, incorporation of ancillary studies, presentation at a set of conferences with clinico-pathologic correlation, further communication with other specialties, journal club presentation, retrospective case reviews, and short studies with pathology and other pediatric clinical faculty, as applicable an complement resident’s professional goals. Core pediatric autopsy and developmental pathology (fetal, perinatal and pediatric autopsy pathology, placental pathology) is incorporated into the autopsy rotations. Elective rotations at upper levels are further tailored to meet and enhance residents’ professional goals in any of the above areas at greater depth, with further options in neuro-muscular pathology. Pediatric aspects of clinical pathology and laboratory medicine (clinical chemistry and biochemical genetics, microbiology/virology and molecular diagnostics of infectious and heritable disease, and an introduction to pharmacogenomic diagnostics) are incorporated into respective clinical rotations with participation of our faculty.