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Laboratory Medicine Pathology - PATH 545




University of Maryland

Description and Goals:

The course focuses on selected areas in laboratory medicine that are encountered frequently by practicing physicians in many fields. The student will rotate through several divisions of the clinical laboratories under the supervision of pathology faculty and residents.

Goals for each portion of the rotation are as follows:

  • Blood Bank/Hemostasis: Understand the preparation and use of blood components by participating in product utilization decisions and following the course of selected patients receiving component therapy; recognize the common types of transfusion reactions by participating in the evaluation of suspected reactions.
  • Microbiology: Interpret gram stains and acid-fast preparations; understand the methods for bacterial isolation and identification from clinical specimens; learn to recognize the morphology of frequently encountered parasites and fungi; learn methods for the rapid, presumptive diagnosis of common bacterial pathogens.
  • Core Lab: Interpret cell counts and indices, peripheral blood smears, body fluid cytospins, chemical and microscopic urinalysis.

Assignments in other sub-specialty laboratories may be available.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Evenings - No
Weekends - No
Call - No

Faculty Responsible:

Rhonda Cooke, M.D.
(410) 328-3791 

Administrative Contact:

Katie Warfield
(410) 706-6553
(410) 706-8414 fax 


Last Revision: January 14, 2014