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An Allina Health System Affiliated Laboratory



Continuing Education in the Division of Gastrointestinal Pathology


We strongly believe that our pathologists should be smarter at the end of the day than they were at the beginning of the day.  In our GI pathology division we do this in multiple ways: 

  1. Informal interactions - We have a daily "GI" rotation whereby an experienced GI pathologist can interact over a double headed microscope with colleagues on problematic cases.  This is probably our most valuable means of continuing education.

  2. Standardized Reporting - Through construction of standardized reports for both biopsy and resection specimens, a general understanding of clinically important issues is accomplished.   Continuous updates of these standardized reports ensures rapid and complete dissemination of new information.

  3. Medical Literature - Through subscription to the major pathology journals,  subscription to some of the major clinical journals (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology), subscription to journal article screening service (GILinx), and frequent Internet journal searches (PubMed, Ovid) we keep abreast of current concepts.  

  4. Medical Society Membership - Through participation in a variety of both pathology and clinical societies and their national meetings we keep abreast of current concepts in GI diseases.  A sampling of pertinent societies we currently participate in is listed below:
    GI Pathology Society
    American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
    American Gastroenterology Association
    GI Pathology Study Group
    American Society of Clinical Pathology

  5. Formal Lectures - We actively lecture and present at hospital-based meetings, clinical group-sponsored meetings, Hospital Pathology Associates-sponsored gatherings, and national and international meetings as a means of acquiring new information and disseminating it to others.  For the latter, see Kenneth Batts' CV under "personnel".


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