Specific Goals and Objectives for Gross Rounds

Goals and Objectives

The presenting resident is responsible for the following:

  • Prepare three to five gross specimens that are representative of the types of cases encountered in gross pathology, and serve to improve the medical knowledge of residents (medical expert role).
  • Prepare and present case histories, select residents to illustrate their approach to the gross specimens, and guide the resident with leading questions (collaborator and scholar roles). Invite discussion and elaboration from other residents and other attendees including staff and pathology assistants (Manager and collaborator roles).
  • Summarize the correct approach to grossing the specimen (communicator role), including gross information that must be reported to ensure a correct and complete diagnosis (health advocate role), and resource management aspects such as how much time to spend, and how many sections to submit (manager role).
  • Follow-up the specimen presentation with a short list of questions related to the specimen in a format consistent with royal college examination. Topics may include epidemiology of the lesion, recommended treatment, differential diagnoses, and patient outcome (scholar and medical expert roles).
  • The presenting resident is responsible for ensuring that the session begins and ends on time (the session is 30 minutes), and that the specimens have been previously rinsed and are ready for presentation (professional role).

General CanMEDS Roles Goals and Objectives:

Medical Expert

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the anatomy and histology of organs being presentaed
  • Demonstrate skill in the gross dissection and sampling of organs being presented
  • Demonstrate ability to deal with complex specimens


  • Demonstrate the ability to function at a junior staff pathologist level at regular rounds by reviewing cases, presenting cases, and responding to questions regarding the cases
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach others
  • Gain an understanding of clinical aspects of the tissue being presented


  • Understand the importance of quality control and quality assurance measures preanalytical, analytical and postanalytical variables

Health Advocate/Professional

  • Understand the importance of turn-around-time¬† related to grossing specimes
  • Understand the implications of a specific diagnosis for patients with the tissue/organs being presented


  • Review the pertinent literature relating to cases being presented
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