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Sign out when you can.

  • Rushes usually arrive between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM (in theory). Christina will put these together with the paperwork but it is very important to sort them - ONE CASE PER TRAY - with paperwork before sign-out.
  • BE SURE TO RETRIEVE ASSOCIATED SMEARS from the Neuropath box in the gross room on the 6th floor.
  • Routines, decals and histochemical slides usually arrive after noon. Christina will take care of the discs and endarterectomy specimens but be on the lookout for decal portions of pending tumor cases.
  • Immunos usually come some time after 3:00 P.M. (often after 5:30!!!). We try to sign everything out the same day but addenda can often wait until the next day.

Adult Neuro-Oncology Conference (Shadyside Hillman Cancer Center) 7:30-8:30 A.M.  A good chance to see the neurosurgeons with their masks off.

Neurodegenerative Brain Cutting - Neuropath room in morgue area 8:00-10:00 A.M. This is protected time so give the service pager to the attending.

Medical Student Teaching 3:00-5:00 P.M. in the Neuropathology gross room next to the sign-out room. Not mandatory but a good review. Try to attend.

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Conference 11:30 P.M. Not mandatory.


Sign-out. Another busy O.R. day so you will be interrupted.  Go over QA cases for the next day with the attending. Make sure all of the pictures are taken and print out final reports. Fill out the top part of the QA forms for each case so they are ready to go in the morning.

Muscle Conference - either sign-out room or NP Conference Room 3:30 P.M. Your only chance to see this stuff so attend.



Topics in Experimental Neuropathology - NP Library 9:00 A.M. Mandatory. Don't forget to fill out an evaluation form.

QA - NP Library 10:00 A.M. Very mandatory.

Sign-out (eventually).


Sign-out. Another busy O.R. day so you will be interrupted. 


Sign-out. Pick cases for next week's QA if possible. Catch up on picture taking. Go over autopsy cases for brain cutting on Monday. Attempt to sign-out previous autopsy cases (slides come out Thursday or Friday) or order any necessary special stains. Check the O.R. schedule for Saturday and Monday before leaving for the day.

Adult Brain Cutting - Neuropath room in morgue area - 3:00 PM. Don't forget to take the blocks up to the gross room and enter the gross description into Copath on the same day if possible (NPAGN is the quicktext). Please see the Brain Cutting checklist for specifics.

There may also be Children's brain cutting.


Microscopic Conference - 8:00 A.M. Not mandatory but interesting.

Pediatric Brain Cutting - 10:00 A.M. CHP Pathology.