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Bone and Soft Tissue Head and Neck Pathology Rotation

Chondrosarcoma sample


The overall goal of this rotation is for residents to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the fundamentals of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue; and head and neck lesions at the general surgical pathologist level
  • Learn proper grossing of these complex specimens including correlation with imaging studies
  • Apply appropriate specimen work-up 
Case Mix
Rotation Structure

The majority of the cases seen during the rotation are core biopsies obtained by musculoskeletal radiology and the head and neck physicians. Therefore, residents participate in reviewing and writing up these biopsies, including special stains and immunostains. Grossing is done when larger specimens are received, with simpler cases done by the residents alone and more complex cases done under supervision.

Daily Schedule
  • Attend daily sign-out with attending
  • Attend afternoon follow-up with immunostains
  • Gross large specimens as they are available
  • Write up cases, including immunostains, and staging and grading
Subspecialty Conferences
  • Sarcoma Tumor Board, second and fourth Tuesdays
  • Pathology-Radiology Bone Correlation Conference, first and third Tuesdays
  • Head and Neck Tumor Board, first Thursday
Research Opportunities

Opportunities are available for clinical research in these areas within the pathology department and in collaboration with the clinical centers.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send a message to Program Coordinator, Chau Nguyen.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 8709
Los Angeles, CA 90048-1804