LMP2210H: Practicum in Surgical Pathology Vl

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

A 0.5 FCE practical hands-on training course taking place at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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 for specimens including:

  • soft tissue sarcomas
  • nonneoplastic bone specimens
  • IBD-related and non-neoplastic GI specimens
  • placentas
  • benign and malignant head and neck specimens
  • benign gynecological resections.

Depending on your level of comfort and expertise, you may get exposure to additional specimen types including malignant gynecological resections, malignant GI specimens, breast specimens, amputations and complex head and neck resections.

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. Carlo Hojilla


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’ assistants

William Tsui (Site lead pathologists’ assistant)


Brian Chow (Senior pathologists’ assistant)


Course co-coordinator (academic half day)

Dr. Christopher Sherman