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Monday - Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

Hours have been provided by the preceptor. Hours are subject to change at the preceptor’s discretion, but the minimum total hours will remain approximately the same.

Location: San Antonio

This outpatient US clinical experience will take place in approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Antonio.

Outpatient US Clinical Experience in Pathology

What you will do:

You will be under the supervision of a board-certified pathologist who has extensive experience in patient care, teaching, and research over a career that spans several decades. The pathologist is a faculty member at several medical schools, has mentored numerous pathology residents and fellows, and oversees a group of pathologists trained in hematopathology, molecular genetics, transfusion medicine, surgical pathology, and dermatopathology. You will spend time with the lead pathologist and other members of the pathology group.

This is a highly structured rotation during which you will rotate through different sections of the pathology department. You will start in Client Solutions where you will gain an understanding of the workflow in the lab and the many steps involved following receipt of a specimen. You will learn how specimens are received, accessioned, labeled, processed, and prepared for grossing. You will spend time with the technicians observing grossing, cutting, embedding, microtoming, and staining.

Following your time in client solutions, you will rotate through histology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, flow cytometry, and other sections of the lab. Time will be set aside daily for sign-out sessions with multiple pathologists. Rotators will also attend regular consensus conferences. At the end of the experience, the rotator will be expected to deliver a 30-minute presentation to the department.

The department has active areas of research and inquiry, and you may have an opportunity to take part in a project that could lead to presentation or publication. Please note that the availability of these projects is at the discretion of the preceptor. Rotators interested in participating should inform the preceptor early in the rotation.

Who should consider this rotation:

International medical graduates (IMGs) and students seeking US clinical experience in pathology.

How to obtain a letter of recommendation:

The rotator should ask the preceptor for a LOR near the conclusion of the rotation. Dr. Desai has provided the physician with guidelines about best practices in letter writing that meet residency program requirements. In some cases, the preceptor may ask the rotator to write a letter of recommendation draft.

During the rotation:

Our team will be checking in periodically with you to ensure that you are having an optimal experience. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions during the rotation.


This is a great learning opportunity, with a broad range of experiences in the field. The student receives exposure to different departments in which he learns about lab techniques like Flow Cytometry, Molecular Genetics, FISH, Histology, Stainings, Next Generation Sequencing, and Cytogenetics. There are opportunities to participate in bone marrow biopsies and the discussion of complex pathology cases with pathologists in a daily basis. Pathologists are willing to allow students to shadow them in their every day work and ask questions, which boosts the learning process.


To start, schedule a free introductory meeting with the MD2B Connect team
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