Goals and Objectives

Medical Expert

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the histology and embryology of the skin and adnexal structures
  • Demonstrate understanding of the different types of skin biopsies and knowledge of how each specimen is processed
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the interpretation of skin biopsies of inflammatory and neoplastic conditions
  • Acquire proficiency in the interpretation of skin excisions and sentinel node biopsies and the ability to prepare reports conveying appropriate information to clinicians
  • Acquire clinical knowledge of inflammatory skin conditions required for appropriate interpretation (clinico-pathological correlation)


  • Demonstrate the ability to function at a junior staff pathologist level at clinico-pathological rounds including previewing cases to be presented, appropriately selecting slides and images, presenting the cases at rounds and responding to questions regarding the cases
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach dermatology and pathology residents and medical students at rounds and teaching sessions
  • Gain an understanding of clinical aspects of dermatological conditions
  • Understand which dermatological conditions/diagnoses require rush processing and/or a call to the clinician to ensure appropriate treatment

Health Advocate/Professional

  • Understand the implications of a diagnosis of melanoma for patients and subsequent surgical management
  • Know preventive measures regarding the development of skin cancers
  • Understand the importance of close follow-up and screening of high-risk patients
  • Know when to appropriately consult an expert in skin pathology


  • Conduct a research project or case report based on skin pathology material (optional)
  • Review the pertinent literature relating to advances in skin pathology (i.e. sentinel lymph node assessment, new immunohistochemical stains, molecular studies that may help in difficult melanocytic lesions)
  • Utilize print and digital resources to read around cases to establish appropriate differential diagnoses


  • Learn effective time management skills to maximize efficiency when interpreting pathologic specimens
  • Learn how to judiciously use available resources and maintain the standard of care for the specialty
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that enable effective supervision of more junior staff members
  • Learn practice management skills applicable to pathologic interpretation of slides


Updated April, 2020

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