Pathology Rounds will be held today at 4 PM in the presentation area of the necropsy facility.
-Your Section of Pathology
I recall reading this sentence in an email back in July 2014, before I had even begun my first year of vet school. How could it be? I was sitting on the couch in my living room at home and suddenly taken aback that I could possibly be missing a commitment halfway across the country. After the initial shock, I figured it must have been a fluke and that a rising first-year student’s email must have accidentally been put on the wrong listserv. But as it turned out, it was very intentional. Matriculating students were invited to attend the weekly Pathology Rounds despite having yet to attend our first class.
Though I continued to receive weekly email reminders about these optional rounds, I realized that I had never actually attended them. So a few weeks ago, almost two years into vet school, I finally went! I must admit, even having taken general pathology and being in the middle of clinical pathology, it was difficult to follow along with the four cases. Third-year students read their patients’ histories before a pathology resident pulled up images on the projector and shared with us the findings. Though I had come across the multisyllabic words used to describe diseases in earlier courses, the rapidity with which she spat off the findings made it sound like a foreign language. “We can appreciate areas of saponification of pancreatic fat…petechiation in the inguinal region and ventral abdomen…fibrinous adhesions between the liver and diaphragm…nodular hyperplasia.” Hopefully, some day soon all of these terms will become second nature!