Residents spend 3 months on the cytopathology service where they review gynecologic, non-gynecologic and non-pathologist-obtained fine needle aspiration specimens on the Westwood-UCLA campus. Both consult and non-consult cases are previewed by clinical trainees. Residents cover requests for rapid on-site evaluation of cytologic material in the afternoon. They also participate in regular quality review case conferences and journal clubs.
Senior residents spend one month on the ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration clinic service where they learn to take a focused history, physical examination, and perform fine needle aspiration of superficial lesions in our free-standing clinic on the Westwood campus. They are introduced to the use of ultrasound-guidance in localizing and sampling superficial lesions. They preview slides and compose complete reports of each patient they encounter in our clinic.