Laboratory Management Rotation

The two-month Laboratory Management rotation is for third- and fourth-year residents, providing them an opportunity to learn and to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the various campus laboratories including: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, St. Paul University Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, Carter Blood Care, and Veripath Laboratories.

Training in Laboratory Management is accomplished through one on one interactions with the faculty, formal didactic lecture series, attending teleconferences, and by direct participation in operations management meetings.

Residents in the Laboratory Management rotation are also expected to:

  • Accompany the Director of Clinical Pathology and the Director of Laboratories at Parkland Memorial Hospital to various laboratory management meetings. Recommended management meetings at Parkland are provided. The resident is expected to attend, interact, and apply their theoretical knowledge in these meetings.
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Pathology Quality Assessment team at Parkland in different laboratories to master the quality management process
  • Participate in the resolution of operations and management issues, and give a formal presentation on some aspect of laboratory management
  • Function as consultants to clinical faculty having questions concerning appropriate test selection and utilization
  • Read selected assignments from the reading list provided, then discuss daily topics with the faculty

Faculty

Computer Training

In addition to the laboratory management lecture series, the residents also receive computer training and a short series of lectures on basic informatics.

All residents receive a laptop computer with wireless connectivity to the campus intranet and the web upon entering the Pathology Residency Program and are trained in the use of the central data repository (Oacis), laboratory information systems, and electronic medical records. Residents are required to use PowerPoint for all presentations.

Assistance and training is provided by the Section of Laboratory Information Technology Services, and additional lectures and training sessions are available to all residents through the campus library.

CAP Inspections

The residents also learn laboratory operations management by serving on a College of American Pathologists (CAP) inspection team at least once during their residency training or by participating in the interim CAP inspections of the laboratories on campus. Residents are encouraged to attend the CAP laboratory inspection training seminars and online courses beforehand.

Duration

Two months

Objectives

Prerequisites

None

Conferences

Clinical Pathology (CP) Meetings

  • Weekly meetings with the Chief of Clinical Pathology
  • UT Southwestern University Hospitals Lab Management
  • Aston Clinic lab management
  • Veripath
  • Informatics

Clinical Laboratories Director Meetings

  • Parkland Memorial Hospital Medical Directors Collective Meeting
    • Individual meeting with Clinical Chemistry Assistant Medical Director
    • Individual meeting with Transfusion Medicine Medical Director
    • Individual meeting with Microbiology Medical Director
    • Individual meeting with Clinical Chemistry Medical Director

Parkland Lab Management Meetings

  • Immunology Management
  • Lab Central Management
  • Pathology Director's meeting
  • Clinical Chemistry Lab Management
  • Outpatient Lab Director
  • Blood Bank Management
  • Microbiology Management

Parkland Quality Assessment Management Meetings

  • Immunology
  • Blood Bank/Transfusion Services
  • Steering Committee
  • Microbiology
  • Lab Central

Basic Reading

A CD of selected management and informatics articles in multiple booklets are provided to the resident on the first day of the rotation.