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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41

Pathology informatics fellowship retreats: The use of interactive scenarios and case studies as pathology informatics teaching tools

1 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 Department of Pathology, University of Chicago Medicine, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
3 Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, M4233A Medical Science I, 1301 Catherine, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
4 Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA, USA
5 Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh; Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
6 Department of Pathology, North Shore Medical Center Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA, USA
7 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Avenue, New York, NY, USA
8 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Emory University School of Medicine, 1364 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA, USA
9 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Pathology Informatics, Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI, USA
10 National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Pathology, National Institutes of Health, 10 Center Drive, Room #2A33, Bethesda, MD, USA
11 Regional Reference Laboratories, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, 11668 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA, USA
12 Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA, USA
13 Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside Hospital, 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
14 Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, 310 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT, USA

Correspondence Address:
John R Gilbertson
Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2153-3539.103995

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Background: Last year, our pathology informatics fellowship added informatics-based interactive case studies to its existing educational platform of operational and research rotations, clinical conferences, a common core curriculum with an accompanying didactic course, and national meetings. Methods: The structure of the informatics case studies was based on the traditional business school case study format. Three different formats were used, varying in length from short, 15-minute scenarios to more formal multiple hour-long case studies. Case studies were presented over the course of three retreats (Fall 2011, Winter 2012, and Spring 2012) and involved both local and visiting faculty and fellows. Results: Both faculty and fellows found the case studies and the retreats educational, valuable, and enjoyable. From this positive feedback, we plan to incorporate the retreats in future academic years as an educational component of our fellowship program. Conclusions: Interactive case studies appear to be valuable in teaching several aspects of pathology informatics that are difficult to teach in more traditional venues (rotations and didactic class sessions). Case studies have become an important component of our fellowship's educational platform.

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