LMP2209H: Practicum in Surgical Pathology V

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

This is a 0.5 FCE practical hands-on training course taking place at UHN Hospitals.

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

You will initially be shadowing certified 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 surgical pathology specimens with a focus on thoracic (lung, thymus, and pleura), endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands) and neurosurgical specimens, among other organ systems. 

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. Roger Hsu


The course coordinator:

  • develops the curriculum
  • jointly with pathologist’s assistants (PAs) 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

Martin Grealish


Course co-coordinator (academic half day)

Dr. Christopher Sherman