Principles of Lab Med (140.01)
General Elective Information
This is a 2 week medical student elective in laboratory medicine at San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (SFGH). This elective covers topics in general laboratory principles, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, serology, and transfusion medicine. The overall goal of this rotation is to "demystify" the Clinical Laboratory, and to help the students understand the applications (and limitations) of current as well as future Clinical Laboratory testing.
- Andy Yeh
- (415) 206-3496
Information for visiting students
Tier 2. This course offers an opportunity to learn the principles of laboratory medicine with laboratory sessions at the SFGH clinical laboratories; seminars and rounds with laboratory medicine physicians; and correlation with clinical medicine. General principles are covered as well as specific topics in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, serology and transfusion medicine. The schedule is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate the student's special interest.
- Interpretation of protein electrophoresis
- Introduction to automated analyzers and variables affecting test results
- Interpretation of peripheral blood smears
- Introduction to Bone Marrow review and interpretation
- What is a "type and screen", and how to do it.
- What can be transfused, indications for transfusion, and transfusion reactions.
- Specimen collection and processing relative to body site of collection
- Basic Clinical Microbiology algorithms for bacterial culture and identification from different body sites (i.e., blood, urine, respiratory)
- Basic serology (e.g., RPR, VDRL, monospot, HIV antibody)
- What Clinical Laboratory Scientists do
- How the Clinical Laboratory communicates with different clinical services
- The role of the Clinical Laboratory in educating physicians/providers about tests and their proper use.
All for which specimens are submitted for diagnosis or change in patient management.
Recommended Text or Reading
as assigned, depending on student interest and ongoing clinical issues.
Attendings (Lab Director, Chiefs of each of the Clinical Laboratory Divisions) Residents (Laboratory Medicine Resident assigned to each Division) Clinical Laboratory Scientists
Classroom Time (hours):
MS3 level minimum training MS 4 level preferred (since clinical material learned on the basic clinical clerkships is important in understanding Laboratory Medicine principles and practice)
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San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center
Minimum Weeks Offered
Maximum Students per Block
Location to report to
10:00am, Main Hospital Bldg, 2nd Floor, Clinical Lab, 2M14
The goal of this rotation is to "demystify" the Clinical Laboratory, and to help the students understand the applications (and limitations) of current as well as future Clinical Laboratory testing.