Laboratory Management Rotation

Residents are exposed to aspects of laboratory management throughout all rotations, most notably in the Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Pathology and Hematopathology rotations as they attend division-specific quality meetings and participate in a variety of management activities on these rotations. Residents also have 4 weeks of dedicated exposure to laboratory management where they attend a variety of quality and management meetings with several of our laboratory directors and quality manager, while attending didactics and engaging in process improvement activities, test validations, instrument comparisons, and proficiency testing reviews. Laboratory management is the integration and coordination of organizational resources to provide quality laboratory services as efficiently and effectively as possible. Success requires a vast array of skills founded on sound principles of management science.

Rotation Structure

On the first day of the rotation the resident should meet with the lab management rotation director to review responsibilities and expectations. The resident is expected to have reviewed this description prior to beginning the rotation.

The course director’s major vehicles for the resident’s instruction will be:

  • Individual lectures
  • Assigned reading
  • Performance of a laboratory management/quality assurance (QA) project

The resident also attends laboratory management meetings and takes the online College of American Pathologists (CAP) inspector training, while being invited to participate in internal and external CAP inspections.

Sample Daily Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m. — Resident conference (if occurring)
  • 8:30 a.m. — Didactic lecture and interactive discussion based on reading assignments
  • Noon — Lunch/resident conference (if occurring)
  • 1 p.m. — Read assignments (scheduled topics), work on QA project
Subspecialty Conferences
  • Divisional quality assurance meetings, as appropriate
  • Laboratory transformational medicine 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