Educational Activities Overview
The department's educational activities at the professional level comprises three fellowship programs: Chemical Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, and Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics. Future plans include a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology. The fellowship programs are highly specialized and consist of one to two years training each. All programs are approved and accredited by the ACGME. The first year of the program is a core rotation consistent with the requirements of the American Board of Pathology. The first year of training is therefore designed to provide eligibility for special competency examinations in the respective areas. The second year is available to the selective candidate who successfully completes the first year and is interested in one area of research or patient care activity agreed upon by the fellow, the program director and other faculty members in the department. All the educational fellowships provide comprehensive training for pathologists while allowing individual development in a targeted research and/or clinical area.
The department also actively participates in the School of Health Professions, such as the Program in Clinical Laboratory Science (Medical Technology). Other training programs that it participates in are the medical assistant program and the laboratory liaison technician. In addition, several of the division's professional staff are faculty members of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center and participate in the GSBS's graduate educational and training programs. There is also an active departmental effort to sponsor educational and research conferences for technical and professional staff members. Teleconferences, seminars in the Texas Medical Center and regional or local workshops are attended by many staff. In addition, the department participates in a weekly Grand Rounds conference sponsored by the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine every Friday morning. Included are such topics as current clinical and basic science research projects, updates on new drugs and new technical methodologies.