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Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology Rotation

pulmonary and mediastinal pathology sample

Pulmonary amyloidosis transthyretin stain

Case Mix

The Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology Service handles transbronchial biopsies; open lung, pleural, mediastinal and chest wall biopsies; sublobar resections; lobar resections; and pneumonectomies and lung transplant specimens. A variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions are seen, with many cases coming from patients with interstitial lung disease, various infectious pneumonias, primary or metastatic lung tumors and other conditions.

Rotation Structure

During this one-month rotation the resident spends the first week reviewing cases prior to sign-out without writing diagnoses, and in subsequent weeks reviewing, and dictating or writing diagnoses prior to sign-out. The rotation also covers specimen grossing, ordering of ancillary studies and special stains, and understanding the use of cancer templates, staging and proper reporting.

Daily Schedule
  • Morning biopsy sign-out
  • Specimen grossing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Large specimen afternoon sign-out on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Assist with thoracic frozen sections from 7:30–10 a.m. on Mondays and 8:30–10 a.m. on Wednesdays
Subspecialty Conferences
  • Thoracic tumor board, third Tuesday
  • Pulmonary grand rounds, third Friday
Research Opportunities

There are opportunities for clinical and/or translational research in pulmonary and mediastinal pathology within the pathology department and in collaboration with the Lung Institute.

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