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Autopsy Rotation

AutopsyInterim Rotation Director: Jiang Wang, MD, PhD


The autopsy rotation is an important component of pathology training, which provides the trainees the basis for understanding anatomy, gross pathology, as well as normal and pathologic histology. During the autopsy rotation, residents learn to perform organ dissection, tissue sectioning, microscopic examination and clinical-pathologic correlation, which is critical to making accurate interpretations of anatomic findings. The residents are scheduled to complete three blocks of adult and pediatric service at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Annually, approximately 100 cases are performed, which allow our residents to easily meet the requirement for the American Board of Pathology. In addition, the residents will gain further experience in autopsy pathology during the forensic pathology rotation (1 block) at the Hamilton County Coroner's Office. 

Through the autopsy rotations, the residents are expected to master organ dissection and tissue sectioning skills, investigate and form appropriate preliminary diagnoses, prepare the draft of autopsy reports in a timely manner, and effectively communicate with the attending pathologists and staff. Residents’ performance in autopsy pathology will be evaluated by the faculty and staff after each block of rotation. 

The residents are also expected to present at mortality and morbidity conferences periodically. Opportunities for cases reports or clinical research are frequent and strongly encouraged by the department.


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Department of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

UC Health University Hospital
Laboratory Medicine Building,
Suite 110
234 Goodman Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219-0533

Phone: (513) 584-7284
Fax: (513) 584-3892