We participate in theoretical, practical, and organizational aspects of undergraduate teaching at the University of Barcelona, with which some of our physicians are affiliated.
Nationally and internationally recognized specialists with broad experience carry out training of the resident physicians (MIR, médicos internos residentes) in our Department. The MIR are directly involved in the diagnostic process and have the opportunity to participate in basic and clinical research projects, and to develop their doctoral theses.
Currently, two residents complete training per year according to a four-year plan, during which time they learn to perform complete diagnostic evaluations from information obtained by biopsies, cytologies, and clinical autopsies. They are trained in the procedures needed to carry out macroscopic dissections of autopsy and biopsy specimens and to base their diagnoses on histological and cytological studies, and other required techniques.
All the Department’s staff physicians are involved in resident training, with personal mentoring of the resident’s activity during the rotation in their subspeciality. The tutor of the specialty coordinates the general aspects of resident training and ensures proper functioning of the rotation process.
We encourage all Pathology residents to participate in our ongoing research lines, to collaborate in the publication of scientific articles, and to present scientific communications in national and international meetings.
Every year, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona offers the possibility to participate in research projects through the help provided by the Josep Font research grants and the Emili Letang end-of-residency awards, with durations of 3 years and 1 year, respectively. These grants can be used to pay for salaries and expenses related to the research project.
The Department organizes various daily sessions, specialized courses, presentations of research results, and case discussion sessions. Medical residents are encouraged to participate in these activities and in the joint sessions held with the clinical departments and oncology committees. Cases are also presented at the monthly meetings of the Pathology Association and Cytopathology Association of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Health of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (ACMCB, Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques i de la Salut de Catalunya i Balears). In addition, residents participate in the annual training courses of the Spanish Society of Pathology (SEAP, Sociedad Española de Anatomía Patológica).