The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Pathology

Medical Student Education

Third and Fourth-Year Electives

PAT2-4010/F GENERAL PATHOLOGY - KNOX (Not available during blocks 7 & 8)
Course Coordinator: Dr. Alan Grindstaff
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)
Maximum Class Size: 1 Student (REQUIRES ADVANCE APPROVAL)

Advance registration is required. Students must call Knoxville Student Affairs at least 3 blocks prior to registering. The goal of the General Pathology Elective course is to provide an overview of the function of Anatomical Pathology (AP) and Clinical Pathology (CP) within the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The objectives for this course are to understand the function of the pathology "gross" room, understand the Surgical Pathology "sign-out" procedure learn to order and interpret laboratory tests for common clinical situations, gain an understanding of the operation of the major sections of a modern clinical laboratory and understand the role of pathology/ pathologists participation in the medical center. Students will participate in regular teaching activities of the Pathology Department including daily lectures, demonstrations, and conferences. Specific conferences the students will attend are: Anatomic Pathology, Oncology Conference, Pulmonary Conference, Breast Conference, Quality Assurance Conference and GU Conference. Students will learn the role of the pathologist in patient care by observing procedures such as FNAs, bone marrows, frozen sections and processing surgical specimens. At the beginning of the rotation, a customized schedule will be made for the student, and time will be allotted for study in the following major subdivisions of pathology: Surgical Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Hematopathology, Blood Banking, Microbiology, and Cytology. Students are required to give a brief presentation at the end of the rotation on a topic in clinical or anatomic pathology under the guidance of the chief resident and program director. Upon conclusion of the elective, the student will have an understanding of the practice of pathology in a university medical center.


Fourth-Year Elective

PAT2-4013/F FORENSIC SCIENCE/AUTOPSY (Not offered in Blocks 7 or 12)
Course Coordinator: Christopher Lochmuller, M.D.
Location: Regional Forensic Center, 2761 Sullins Street, Knoxville, TN 37919 (ph: 865-215-8000)
Max. Class Size: 1 student (REQUIRES ADVANCE APPROVAL)

Advance registration -- Students must call Knoxville Student Affairs at least 3 blocks prior to registering

This is a face to face clinical rotation offered in the fall and spring and receiving 7 credit hours.

This elective is intended for any medical student who is interested in exposure to forensic pathology.  Forensic pathology is a medical subspecialty that applies medical knowledge in order to answer questions that arise in the legal system regarding an individual's death. Forensic pathologists have received additional medical training in order to make determinations regarding the cause of death, the manner of death, the mechanism(s) of death, the timing of injury and death, and how injuries occurred.  Forensic pathologists collect evidence from the body and personal property and give expert testimony.  The medicolegal autopsy is a powerful tool at the disposal of the forensic pathologist to answer these questions, in addition to review of the medical records, scene circumstances, toxicology, and other ancillary studies.
This rotation is primarily an observership intended to provide exposure to forensic pathology and to how a regional forensic center operates, but some hands-on experience with the autopsy procedure may occur depending on the type of case and student interest.  The medical student will attend the morning report at 07:00 hours and be present in the autopsy suite during the weekdays.  There will be no night or weekend call and no attendance during the weekends


For more information or to schedule an elective, please contact Medical Student Education, or email




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