Histopathology is relatively unique amongst medical specialities with almost 100% of what we do as trainees for our educational benefit. On a daily basis trainees spend considerable time with consultants and senior trainees.
In the ST1 year there is teaching in the form of:
Block teaching weeks
There are three one week residential courses, which provide an introduction to Histopathology and later provide help with preparation for the OSPE.
Day Release Programme
8-10 days of teaching are arranged within the region, to provide trainees with a basic framework to approach most major specialities.
ST2 – ST5 Teaching
The West Midlands FRCPath course prepares trainees for the part 2 examination. There is a 3-yearly rolling programme in place, comprising day teaching sessions held around once a month, mainly at the Birmingham Cytology Centre. Teaching slides are circulated around the trainees to allow a more in depth discussion of cases to occur.
This is an informal intra departmental meeting where consultants go through interesting cases with trainees. Trainees describe what they see, formulate a differential diagnosis and answer questions posed by consultants.
There are many other courses run by the ACP, Pathological Society, BDIAP and other pathological societies.