The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Pathology

Curriculum Overview

To be eligible to sit for the America Board of Pathology certification examination, a trainee must have completed 48 months of training. The program curriculum includes 18 months of core program rotations in Anatomic Pathology and 18 months of core program rotations in Clinical Pathology. The remaining 12 months are distributed among surgical pathology rotations and a variety of electives (please refer to the Ideal Block Schedule document.)

 

RESIDENT YEAR

 

DURATION

 

ROTATION

 

PGY- 1

2 months

Autopsy/Forensic Pathology

2 months

Blood Bank/Transfusion

1 month

Clinical Chemistry

7 months

Surgical Pathology

 

PGY- 2

2 months

Cytopathology

1 month

Dermatopathology

2 months

Hematopathology

4 months

Medical Laboratory Student Program (MLSP)

1 month

Pediatric Pathology

2 months

Surgical Pathology

 

PGY- 3

2 months

Autopsy/Forensic Pathology

1 month

Blood Bank/ Transfusion Medicine

1 month

Cytopathology

1 month

Clinical Chemistry

1 month

Hematopathology

1 month

Microbiology

1 month

Molecular Pathology (MLPN)

4 months

Surgical Pathology

 

PGY- 4

1 months

Clinical Chemistry

1 month

Cytopathology

3 month

Elective

1 month

Head & Neck

1 month

Hematopathology

2 month

Microbiology

3 month

Surgical Pathology

 

Top

Program Evaluation Process

The purpose of the evaluation process is to ensure that rotation goals and objectives are implemented successfully thus producing the desired outcomes. Desired outcomes include improvement in rotation post test scores, improvement in RISE exam scores, and ultimately passage of the American Board of Pathology (ABP) examination. Successful acquisition of jobs and fellowships also constitute a desired outcome. Behavioral outcomes include the ability to form professional relationships with all people and patients in the working environment, ability to communicate at all levels in the healthcare system, and practice as a competent pathologist. Rotation goals and objectives establish learning objectives for residents and teaching goals for faculty.


Evaluations are intended to provide feedback that allows professional growth and development. As such, evaluations should be completed in such a way as to foster growth and not division within the department. Evaluations should be completed in a timely fashion so that both residents and faculty can derive maximum benefit.


Evaluations in this department can be divided into three main categories resident and faculty evaluations, program evaluations, and annual program reviews. All of the different types of evaluations are interwoven with rotation goals and objectives and outcomes.

Annual Program Evaluation

The Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements state that "the program must document formal, systematic evaluation of the curriculum at least annually. The program must monitor and track each of the following areas: resident performance, faculty development, graduate performance, including performance of program graduates on the certification examination and, program quality. Specifically, residents and faculty must have the opportunity to evaluate the program confidentially and in writing at least annually, and the program must use the results of residents' assessments of the program together with other program evaluation results to improve the program. If deficiencies are found, the program should prepare a written plan of action to document initiatives to improve performance. The action plan should be reviewed and approved by the teaching faculty and documented in meeting minutes."


The department conducts a program review at least annually. All evaluations of the program are discussed in addition to ABP board pass rates, RISE exam scores, recruitment efforts, etc. A checklist created by the Graduate School of Medicine is utilized to ensure that all necessary elements are reviewed. Action plans from the annual program review are presented both within the department and at a Graduate Medical and Dental Education Committee meeting.




Support The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 | 865-305-9290

Copyright © 2019