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Individual Placement Description
Placement Histopathology
Programme W25
Year F2
Region West
Hospital(s) Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Main Duties of Placement

As part of the pathology trainee team, to be involved in specimen dissection and description, to write some basic pathology reports on surgical specimens and to assist with autopsies.

Typical Work Pattern

9am-5pm daily Monday - Friday.

Attachment to 3-4 surgical pathology specialties for 1 month each.

You may also be involved in Acute Medical Receiving at GRI.

Learning Opportunities
  • Expected to develop skills in writing and interpreting histopathology reports.
  • Develop basic understanding of relevance of molecular techniques to patient prognosis and management of tumours.
  • Acquire basic skills in specimen dissection and description, microscopy.
  • Develop knowledge of autopsy practice, laboratory health and safety practice and consent procedures.
  • FY2 trainees will attend weekly ST pathology trainee teaching, pathology grand rounds and will receive organised and ad-hoc teaching from pathology trainees and consultants.
  • FY2 trainees will be expected to undertake an audit while in the department.¬†

Involvement in CBL undergraduate teaching will be expected. Involvement in trainee teaching sessions will be encouraged.

Unique Selling Points

This placement is an opportunity to experience first hand the daily work of histopathology trainees and consultants in Britain's largest and busiest histopathology department. FY2s will become involved in dissection, reporting and autopsy work and, with senior staff, observe (at MDTs) the pathologist's role in the clinical-pathological team. This placement constitutes an ideal opportunity for aspiring pathologists to gain valuable experience in preparation for application for an ST post in histopathology. It also provides an excellent basis for those intending to pursue a career in surgery, radiology or oncology to develop an understanding of tumour classification, staging and pathology reporting and to obtain practical anatomical experience through exposure to a broad range of surgical specimens as well as gaining understanding of how the pathology component of the MDT operates.

Employer Information
It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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