Pathology

The department performs over six million laboratory tests annually. The reference laboratory performs advanced chemistry and microbiology analyses for approximately 120 military medical facilities. Medical students who request pathology clerkships will experience the most comprehensive pathology residency in the US Army. They will enjoy associating with pathology residents, cytopathology fellows, 12 to 15 staff pathologists, the Bexar County Medical Examiner, with expert pathology consultants from the Baptist Memorial Hospital system, with Wilford Hall Medical Center pathologists and with pathology subspecialists from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These pathologist regularly present varied and exciting educational programs at BAMC. Because BAMC is a referral center, students commonly encounter rare and unusual diseases. Students will view autopsy examinations and have opportunities to participate in them. Under supervision, students will perform gross and microscopic examinations of surgical pathology specimens, and will be taught how to approach these studies and to actually make the diagnosis in selected cases. They will also be taught to perform intraoperative surgical pathologic consultations (frozen section diagnosis). Students will attend regularly scheduled anatomic and clinical pathology conferences and may attend pathology conferences conducted in other departments. The goal is for medical students to learn to become an active part of the hospital medical team. Obtaining data from laboratory studies and combine them with pertinent clinical data to assist other members of the medical team in making correct medical decisions and in directing care toward the proper pathway. Medical students will be able to correlate pathology data with clinical data and to appreciate medicine from the perspective of the modern pathology laboratory.