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GI and Liver-Pathology Conferences

These conferences are a largely a teaching exercise in which all fellows and attendings submit cases with interesting or instructive pathology.  Case presentations are brief, 1-2 minutes, with 6 – 15 cases presented during each conference, depending upon the number and extent of the pathologic material to be reviewed.  A teaching GI Pathologist is present for the GI Pathology conference and Liver Pathologists, Pathology residents as well as Hepatologists are present for the Liver Pathology Conference.

GI and Liver-Pathology Conferences Competencies

Patient Care

Principal Educational Goals

  • Learn how the acquisition and interpretation of various biopsy samples impacts and affects patient management.
  • Learn the limitation of diagnostic and superficial biopsy specimens in patient care.

Medical Knowledge

Principal Educational Goals

  • Become familiar with the pre-malignant and malignant conditions that characterize the practice of Gastrointestinal Oncology and surveillance strategies in Gastroenterology.
  • Become familiar with hepatic parenchymal pathology, and its clinical correlation.
  • Become familiar the effect of HIV and subsequent opportunistic infections on gastrointestinal organs.

Practice-Based Learning

Principal Educational Goals

  • Consider how biopsy specimens are obtained in the management of Liver conditions and Gastrointestinal Oncologic disorders, and whether the presence or absence of biopsies specimens (especially those obtained endoscopically) uniformly alters patient management in all settings.
  • Learn in particular how false negative biopsies can adversely impact patient management.

Interpersonal Skills and Communication

Principal Educational Goals

  • The combined GI and Liver-Pathology Conferences allow opportunity for the development of appropriate, respectful, and effective consultative relationships with our Pathology colleagues.


Principal Learning Goal

  • Same as goals addressed in this competency section of the GI Clinical Conferences.

Systems-Based Practice

Principal Educational Goals

In particular to focus on methods of evaluating cost-conscious strategies that are effective in the prevention, diagnosis and management of those Gastrointestinal Oncologic disorders for which endoscopic surveillance is practiced.