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Clinical pathology resident education during the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Lisa Senzel,
  2. Tahmeena Ahmed,
  3. Rebecca Batiste
  1. Department of Pathology, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Lisa Senzel, Department of Pathology, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA; lisa.senzel{at}


COVID-19 arrived at our medical centre in March 2020 with substantial force. Clinical pathology concepts began to have a new, direct relevance to our residents’ lives. As we wondered ‘Have I been exposed? Do I need to self-isolate? Are the tests reliable? Am I protecting myself adequately while handling specimens?’, these questions drew new interest in laboratory methods, test interpretation and limitations, supply chain issues, safety and quality. By incorporating SARS-CoV-2 teaching points into laboratory medicine lectures, we enlivened concepts of sensitivity, specificity, predictive value and methodologic issues in serologic, molecular and antigen testing for pathology residents. We drew from the emerging literature on SARS-CoV-2 to create lectures and added details from our own institutional experience with COVID-19. When the pandemic fades from memory, clinical pathology education can still benefit from mnemonics, analogies, anecdotes and creative efforts that capture the attention of the audience.

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  • Handling editor Tahir S Pillay.

  • Contributors LS conceived the topic and wrote the manuscript. TA and RB assisted with writing the manuscript and figures.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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