Virtual Clinical Clerkship in Anatomic Pathology


The Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital is offering a Virtual Clinical Clerkship in Anatomic Pathology for senior medical students currently enrolled at U.S. medical schools. The three-week clerkship introduces anatomic pathology through participation in didactic teaching sessions and clinical diagnostic sign out. At the end of the clerkship, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of pathological diagnosis in patient care.
  • Describe the indications for the pathological examination of common surgical specimens.
  • Recognize histological features of organ systems in normal and disease states.
  • Begin to formulate a differential diagnosis for common pathological entities.
  • Understand the role of ancillary and advanced techniques, including immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology, in diagnostic and treatment decisions.


Students will be immersed in the clinical activity of the Department of Pathology and the Pathology Residency Program via:

  • Attendance at didactic teaching sessions geared toward new first-year residents, 1:00-2:00 p.m. daily.
  • Tutorials in subspecialty pathology provided by senior residents and pathology fellows.
  • Participation in the clinical review and sign out of pathology cases.

Additional experience in pathology subspecialties may be arranged depending on the student's interests. There will be opportunities for informal mentorship and interaction with BWH pathology faculty and residents.


The Virtual Clinical Clerkship will be offered during the following three-week blocks and can accommodate up to two visiting students per term:

  • July 27 to August 14
  • August 17 to September 4

NOTE: Clerkship positions for the July 27 to Sept 4 period have been filled. Thank you for your interest.

Students will not have on site responsibilities and will participate remotely via videoconference.


In light of current travel restrictions, Harvard Medical School has suspended the traditional in-person visiting student clerkship program through February 2021. Thus, Harvard Medical School will not provide credit for students participating in this Virtual Clinical Clerkship. If credit for this 3-week elective is needed, the course director will provide a letter of completion to the registrar of the student’s home medical school and fulfill any additional assessment as needed by the registrar.

Additional Information

Inquiries should be sent to the course director Fei Dong, M.D. at Students who are interested may be asked to send a short statement of interest and a letter of support from the dean of student affairs or equivalent. Thank you for your interest in this elective clerkship, and we hope to work with you at the Brigham.


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