LMP2204H: Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV

For Pathologists' Assistant students in the MHsc in Laboratory Medicine program.

A 0.5 FCE practical hands-on training course taking place at North York General Hospital.

You will spend 4 full days a week (7 hours per day) at the hospital.

You will initially be shadowing certified pathologist’s assistants (PAs) at workstations throughout the day. You will then have the opportunity to handle surgical specimens under supervision.

This course offers an approach to orientation, inking, cutting, handling, macroscopic description and processing of gynecologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, head and neck, breast and skin specimens.

You will also be exposed to the frozen section service with an opportunity to handle selected intraoperative consultation specimens. 

This course will provide an emphasis on the importance of gross examination and section submission and how this provides the pathologist with important information pertinent to generating a complete pathology report that will subsequently affect the management plan.

Course instructors

Course co-coordinator (practicum)

Dr. Lorna Mirham


The course coordinator:

  • develops the curriculum
  • provides lectures that supplement the applied practicum work
  • monitors quality assurance for the course
  • receives teaching assistance from hospital faculty members and from PAs in the applied parts of the curriculum.

Site lead pathologists’ assistant

Janet Chau


Course co-coordinator (academic half day)

Dr. Christopher Sherman