The Department of Pathology requires that students undergo a review in the Fall of each year. The purpose of these reviews is to provide the student with an opportunity to determine whether they are meeting the expectations of the program. The Fall Departmental Reviews will be scheduled between November 1 and November 30 of each year that a student is enrolled in the program. Master's students who have submitted their thesis for distribution and examination by November 1 will not need to be evaluated that year.
The Review Committee will consist of the Student's Advisory Committee plus the Chair of the Graduate Student Committee, or his/her designate, acting as Chair. The examination session will not be more than one hour in length.
The student is not expected to make a formal presentation as this review will simply follow an oral questions and answers format. Students should be prepared to start the session with a ~five minute description of their research project. The questions will relate to what the student is learning with respect to his/her research project and course work. The student will be expected to answer questions related to the rationale, background literature, experimental approaches, technical hurdles, and significance of their research project. Areas of general background related to the project and notable recent advancements in their field are also examinable. Each examiner will complete an evaluation form, assessing the student's knowledge, verbal skills, ability to use and organize facts, and answer questions directly. Areas of perceived strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommendations for improvement will be clearly pointed out to the student.
These reports will be given to the student and the Chair of the Graduate Student Committee for the Department of Pathology.
Information for Advisory Committee
The Department of Pathology Reviews are designed to provide a forum for students to meet with their committee members a second time per year. It is hoped that these meetings will benefit students by giving them extra practice speaking about and defending their projects and by providing an extra opportunity to receive advice and suggestions from advisory committee members.
The format will be an oral questions and answers session of approximately 45 minutes. The review committee will consist of the student's advisor, their advisory committee, and a member of the Graduate Student Committee, acting as chair. The Chair will welcome the participants and remind everyone that this meeting is not a graded exam, but a chance to evaluate the student's general and specific knowledge in their research area.
Students will begin with a short (~5 minute) description of their research project and will then be asked questions related to the rationale, background literature, experimental approaches, technical hurdles, and significance of their research project. Areas of general background related to the project and notable advancements in their field are also examinable. New students will be examined more on the background and rationale of their projects; more senior students (i.e. in the program for more than 1 year) will be expected to have more detailed knowledge of their research areas. After the student's 5 minute introduction the chair will allow up to ~10 minutes of questions from each committee member. The chair will pose questions at the end of this round (see below). Questions related to data that students are generating are allowed, but are not the sole focus of this meeting. Students should be questioned on a broad range of topics related to their field of research, including their background knowledge in pathology.
Following the 45 minute session the student will be asked to leave the room. Examiners will fill out their evaluations forms assessing the student's knowledge, verbal skills, ability to use and organize facts, 'think on their feet,' and answer questions directly. Areas of perceived strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommendations for improvement will also be noted. The student will then be brought back into the room and the examiners will briefly summarize their assessments. The student will be then given a chance to respond to the examiners, if they wish.
The chair will make two copies of the evaluation forms. One copy will be given to the student and the second copy will be given back to the committee members for their files. The originals will be given to the office staff and kept in the student's file.