Program Goals and Objectives

Patient Care:

  •  Provide reliable, accurate, and timely pathologic diagnostic services
  •  Provide appropriate and effective pathology consultation services
  •  Acquire procedural and cognitive skills necessary to perform these functions, as outlined in descriptions of specific rotations
  •  In direct encounters with patients, families, or donors:
  •  Behave with compassion and respect for patient autonomy and privacy
  •  Perform interviews and physical examinations, as needed
  •  Obtain informed consent, as needed
  •  Document encounter in medical record per hospital policies and procedure

 Medical Knowledge:

  •  Acquire knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences
  •  Apply this knowledge to patient care
  •  Provide expertise in Interpretation of laboratory data as a part of patient-care decision-making and patient-care consultation
  •  Participate in pathology conferences, rounds, teaching and scholarly activity
  •  Gain experience in the management and direction of a pathology laboratory: education in quality assurance, safety, and regulations
  •  Use hospital and laboratory information systems
  •  Integrate published medical knowledge and clinical experience
  •  Use information technology
  •  Use evidence to support clinical decisions
  •  Use practice guidelines established by professional societies
  •  Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:
  •  Engage in reflection and self-assessment to identify strengths, weaknesses, and knowledge deficits
  •  Incorporate feedback from others into practice
  •  Set learning and improvement goals
  •  Take appropriate steps to achieve goals
  •  Develop the habit of life-long learning
  •  Use information technology to optimize learning
  •  Assess the quality of medical literature
  •  Practice evidence-based medicine
  •  Participate in quality improvement activities to improve practice outcomes
  •  Participate in education of patients, families, students, residents, and other health professionals

 Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

  •  Write clear, concise, and accurate pathology reports that demonstrate an understanding of the needs of clinicians and patients
  •  Provide expert consultation in pathology to other health care professionals, officers of the court, and policy and government agencies
  •  Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills in interactions with others
  •  Work effectively as a member, and eventually a leader, of a health care team or other professional group


  •  Place the needs of the patient first
  •  Respect patient privacy and autonomy
  •  Maintain civil and respectful relationships with others
  •  Behave with honesty and integrity and adhere to ethical principles
  •  Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities: be punctual, be available, be dependable, accept responsibility, accept feedback on performance, acknowledge errors, work to improve, and finish work in a timely fashion
  •  Complete evaluations of rotations and faculty providing effective and constructive feedback
  •  Behave with sensitivity, compassion, and empathy toward a diverse patient population and co-workers
  •  Strive to be a role model of professionalism

 Systems-Based Practice:

  •  Understand the role of the pathologist and laboratory-based medicine in the health care system at the local, regional, national, and international level
  •  Understand the role of professional societies in setting practice guidelines, education, and advocacy
  •  Be an advocate for patients
  •  Use the resources of the system to ensure availability of services
  •  Use expertise to ensure appropriateness of care
  •  Improve quality of care through assessment of self (see PBLI), local practice, and health care system
  •  Perform risk-benefit analysis and cost awareness in making patient-care decisions
  •  Optimize patient safety
  •  Identify system problems and errors
  •  Find and implement solutions
  •  Understand the flow of information and money through the health care system
  •  Learn coding systems
  •  Understand reimbursement system  


Quick Reference

Pathology Residency Training Program
Program Director:
Ryan T. Mott, MD

Tel: 336-716-4311
Fax: 336-716-7595

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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Last Updated: 07-11-2014
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