Goals and Objectives


Goals of the Pathology Residency Program

The goals of pathology training at the University of South Alabama are the development of competency in the required areas of medical practice, such that the graduate of this program will possess the knowledge, skill and attitude for the successful practice of pathology (i.e. the ability to recognize, interpret and explain pathologic processes) and for the life-long pursuit of learning.


Objectives of the Pathology Residency Program in the Six Core Competencies

  • Patient Care: The resident will acquire competency in the technical generation and interpretation of laboratory data and in the formulation of clinicopathologic correlations, so as to provide appropriate and effective consultation in the context of pathology services. In those situations where the resident has direct interaction with patients, families or donors (e.g. bone marrow aspiration, fine needle aspiration, apheresis), the resident will perform such interviewing, examination and counseling as may be required with caring and respect. The resident will learn how to work effectively within a multidisciplinary health care team, participating as appropriate in informed decision-making and clinical management.
  • Medical Knowledge: The resident will acquire knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and clinically related sciences and will apply this knowledge to the understanding of basic pathologic processes in both individual patients and the general patient population. The resident will apply concepts of investigational and analytic thinking to the interpretation of laboratory data.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement: The resident will learn to appraise and assimilate scientific data from the medical literature toward the practice of evidence-based medicine. The resident will learn to apply research and statistical methods to laboratory data. The resident will learn the principles and practice of information technology and how it can be used to manage patient data. The resident will learn to investigate and evaluate his/her own diagnostic and consultative practices, and to improve his/her patient care practices.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: The resident will develop interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and expertise with other health care providers, patients, and patients’ families, and will assume an active role in the education of the health-care community.
  • Professionalism: The resident will develop a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse population of patients and health care providers.
  • Systems-based Practice: The resident will develop knowledge and experience in laboratory management, an awareness and responsiveness to the place of pathology in the larger context and system of health care, and the ability to call on resources within the system to provide pathology services that are of optimal value.


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