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Review of Brain CuttingRotation Director: Ady Kendler, MD, PhD

The Neuropathology pathology rotation consists of a total of 8 weeks, during the PGY1 year. The rotation is often paired with autopsy rotation, and the resident will be expected to: 1) participate in the service, and 2) pursue additional educational opportunities in neuropathology, including glass slide study sets, attending lectures on surgical neuropathology, and participating in brain cutting. Rotation duties include previewing slides, preparing a differential diagnosis and list of potential special/immunostains, and attending sign-out. The resident should dictate cases that they were involved in while grossing or previewing. The resident is expected to formulate a histologic differential diagnosis, be able to explain the thought process involved, and develop a plan for diagnosing difficult cases, including immunohistochemistry and molecular studies. Residents will participate in the muscle and nerve biopsy service in a similar manner.

Residents have the opportunity to attend Neuro-oncology Tumor Board (meets once weekly), where they will learn the multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with neurologic malignancies. Their level of participation depends on their level of experience; senior residents may take photomicrographs of cases and (after review with the attending) be prepared to discuss the pathologic findings with the clinical care team.

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