The Department of Pathology Residency Program -
Cytopathology

The first four weeks of the rotation are spent in Montefiore and Presbyterian University Hospitals' combined cytology laboratory. Residents work over a multiheaded microscope with a staff pathologist to learn the criteria for malignancy in gynecological and nongynecological cytologic material; become familiar with the normal appearance of aspirated and exfoliated cells from various sites; and participate in newer cytological techniques, including fine needle aspiration biopsies. Numerous teaching sets consisting of kodachromes and glass slides are available for review, covering all important nongynecological systems, including respiratory tract, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, and various body fluids (including spinal and pleural fluids).

The second four weeks are spent at Magee-Womens Hospital with a focus on breast and gynecological cytopathology.

Experience with the performance of fine needle aspirates is a new offering.

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