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Clinical Chemistry Rotation

The goal of this two-month rotation is to provide the resident with an understanding of the wide and varied scope of laboratory diagnostics in clinical chemistry.

This includes:

  • A basic understanding of disease pathologies assessed via clinical chemistry testing
  • Methodology principles
  • Specimen types
  • Appropriate interpretation and clinical use of tests
  • Method validation considerations
  • Quality assurance and quality control
Rotation Structure

The clinical chemistry rotation includes:

  • Didactics
  • Rounding in the laboratory
  • Physician interaction with clinical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists)
  • Bench experience
  • Understanding of sample testing processes
  • Learning laboratory management, including participation in staff meetings

The broader approach of regular bench rotations, followed by didactics and case study review with the director of chemistry and/or clinical laboratory scientists, forms the basis for the total experience.

Sample Daily Schedule
  • 11 a.m. Tuesday — Lab transformational medicine meeting
  • 11 a.m. all days but Tuesday — Didactics/meeting with director of chemistry (time can vary)
  • Noon — Conference (when scheduled)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Bench assignment (when scheduled)
  • 2 p.m. Mondays — Core lab SET meeting
  • 2 p.m. Fridays — LSS SET meeting
  • 4 p.m. — Reading and study time
Subspecialty Conferences
  • Core laboratory quality assurance meeting
  • Core laboratory staff meeting
  • Laboratory support services quality assurance meeting
  • Cedars-Sinai laboratory transformational medicine (test/resource utilization) meeting

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