Pathology students

Pathology Elective

Up to two UMKC SOM and/or KCUMB medical students rotate in the department per month.

Instructors: Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Staff

Location: Pathology Department, University Health Truman Medical Center, 2nd Floor, 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City Mo 64108

To apply:

Requests must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.

Cancelation: ​
You must withdraw at least 4 weeks before your starting date.

Inquiries to:

Petra Bricker:
Telephone: (816) 235-1931
Maximum number of Students: Two
Period to be Offered: 4 weeks rotations

Description of Elective:

This four weeks long /5 credits elective will expose the 4th year UMKC medical student to the fields of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology including Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine.

The Anatomic pathology rotation, with duration of 2 weeks:  Responsibilities include participation in gross prosections, frozen section evaluations, microscopic evaluation of surgical and cytopathology specimens and differential diagnostic considerations and possible performance of autopsies (based on availability). Students are supervised by pathology residents and faculty on service.

The Hematopathology rotation is of one week duration. During this rotation the student will develop the skills needed to interpret and formulate a differential diagnosis of the more commonly occurring disorders seen in peripheral blood and bone marrow. The student will review the slides with the resident rotating in the hematopathology service. During sign out with the attending faculty and resident, the student will have the opportunity to present their brief case histories, and summarize available laboratory data. Morphologic evaluation and case interpretation will take place during sign out.

The Laboratory Medicine rotation of one week duration: During this period the student will rotate through Hematology, Blood Bank, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology services. Students are supervised daily by pathology residents and clinical faculty on service.

All scheduled morning conferences begin at 8:00 a.m; with the exception of CMH conferences which start at 9:00-9:30 AM.

All students are expected to make a presentation during the last week of rotation on a subject of their choice which is related to pathology (i.e. an interesting case or a pathology topic of interest to you). Clerkship director and resident staff are available for advice and assistance.

Faculty and Resident staff will evaluate students during their rotation based on attendance at sign-out, conferences, and final presentation. Students will be given an opportunity to evaluate their experience in pathology during their clerkship.

Please e-mail Petra Bricker at the above e-mail address one to two weeks prior to the start of the rotation to confirm that you are to report on the first day of the elective to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

The purpose of the Pathology elective is to provide an understanding of the role the anatomic and clinical pathologist plays in patient management.


By the end of the Pathology Elective, the student will be able to:
– Formulate a differential diagnosis based on clinical history.
– Observe and describe gross findings in organs.
– Differentiate normal and abnormal gross findings.
– Correlate clinical manifestations of the patient with cytologic or histologic findings.
– Recognize the microscopic characteristics of common diseases.
– Describe the clinical and pathologic characteristics of common diseases.
– Formulate a final diagnosis based on clinical history, cytologic or histologic findings, ancillary studies and laboratory results.

Soheila Hamidpour, MD
E-mail address:
Office phone number: (816)404-0600

The curriculum includes:

  • Daily lectures: Morning conferences at 8:00 a.m.
  • Please refer to resident schedule given by the Anatomic and Clinical pathology chief residents for respective Anatomic and Clinical pathology conferences, including tumor boards.

Faculty and Resident staff will evaluate students during their rotation based on attendance at sign-out and lab, conferences, and final presentation. This information will provide the basis for filling out and submitting the standardized student evaluation (used for 4th year electives) to be completed by Dr. Hamidpour and forwarded to UMKCSOM.