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Diagnostic Laboratory Management Rotation

DLM Sign-Out with Dr. Zimmerman

Length: 13 x 4 week-long blocks

Location: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

Rotation Directors: Catherine Stefaniuk, D.O. and Erica Fatica, Ph.D.

Participating Faculty: Anna Balog, M.D.; Kelsey Dillehay Mckillip, Ph.D.; Shagufta Khan, M.D.; Youssef Khatafeh, M.D.; Paul Lee, M.D., Ph.D.;  Ahmad Mansour, M.D.; Joel Mortenson, Ph.D.; Eleanor Powell, Ph.D.; Nives Zimmermann M.D.; and Fang Zhao M.D.

The Diagnostic Laboratory Management (DLM) rotation is a different way to experience clinical pathology. This rotation was developed in 2018 and is composed of 5 different blocks (DLM: A, B, C, D, and E) that occur throughout residents’ time at the University of Cincinnati. During each DLM rotation, residents sign out electrophoresis tests, coagulation tests, blood smears, and other clinical tests.  Residents handle clinical pathology consults and participate in didactic sessions with clinical pathology faculty members. Residents participate in and present cases during DLM rounds which occur on a weekly basis. Also, residents present learning topics to medical technologists and their peers to further develop their knowledge in clinical pathology and presentation skills.

DLM Rotations:

DLM-A: Orientation, Hematology, Clinical Laboratory, Microbiology (UCMC)
Duration: 8 Weeks
Resident Year: PGY1

DLM-B: Hematology, Clinical Laboratory, Microbiology, Fundamentals of Molecular Pathology, Cytogenetics, Laboratory Management (UCMC, CCHMC)
Duration: 12 Weeks
Resident Year: PGY2

DLM-C: Hematology, Clinical Laboratory, Microbiology, Advance Molecular Pathology, VA Medical Director (UCMC, CCHMC, VA)
Duration: 12 Weeks
Resident Year: PGY3

DLM-D: Hematology, Clinical Laboratory, Microbiology, Coagulation (UCMC)
Duration: 8 Weeks
Resident Year: PGY3

DLM-E: Hematology, Clinical Laboratory, Microbiology, Coagulation, VA Medical Director (UCMC, CCHMC, VA)
Duration: 12 Weeks
Resident Year: PGY4


Specimen Volumes per Month:

  • Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPE): 360/month

  • Urine Protein Electrophoresis (UPE): 150/month

  • Hemoglobin Electrophoresis (HE): 115/month

  • Lupus Panels: 160/month

  • Blood Parasite Smears: 9/month

  • Physician Requested Peripheral Blood Smears: 150/month

  • Technologist Requested Peripheral Blood Smears: 120/month

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