Hailing from Staten Island, California and as far away as China, this summer’s crop of high school students chosen for Explorations in Pathology impressed program organizers and mentors with their keen interest and desire to take in a much as possible during their three-week immersive experience.
The pre-college program each summer introduces 10 high school juniors and seniors to pathology and the many career path opportunities it presents, said Program Director Jennifer J. Findeis-Hosey, M.D., Vice Chair of Educational Programs for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Students stay in dorm rooms on the UR campus and spend their days at the Medical Center, learning about hematopathology, cytopathology, microbiology, gross pathology, forensics and more.
The program is making an impact. As one student said: “Now I’m not thinking, ‘What kind of doctor do I want to be,’ but ‘What kind of pathologist do I want to be.’“
Audrey Jajosky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is among 40 high-achieving pathologists, pathology residents and medical laboratory professionals named to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2023 40 Under Forty list.
Those honored are recognized for making significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.
Dr. Jajosky is a board-certified molecular genetic pathologist and associate director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory who joined the department in 2021. She enjoys mentoring high school students in the Explorations in Pathology summer program, supporting med-tech students in the Clinical/Medical Technology Advance Certificate Program, and serving on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Genomics Organization for Academic Laboratories (www.goalabs.org/).
Emily Campbell Whitt, M.S., a Pathology Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the 2023 Pamela Delp Polashenski MD Breast Cancer Research Trainee Grant by the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
The $25,000 in funding is a significant achievement for a Ph.D. student.
Whitt is based in the lab of Paula M. Vertino, Ph.D., at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
Program Administrator Melissa Allen recently spent time with a senior allied health class at Baldwin Union School, located on the South Shore of Long Island. She shared information about the roles of medical laboratory professionals and touted the wide range of job opportunities available. Above is one of the many thank-you notes she received from the appreciative students. Thank you, Melissa, for carrying our flag!