Current state of Grand Rounds in U.S. pathology training programs. Journal Article

Authors: Kilic, I; Nigdelioglu, R; Lapadat, R; Ananthanarayanan, V; Barkan, GA; Wojcik, EM; Pambuccian, SE
Article Title: Current state of Grand Rounds in U.S. pathology training programs.
Abstract: Grand Rounds are held with variable frequency in many academic pathology departments, but their exact goal is uncertain, and the type of subjects covered, and presenters have not been studied. We aimed to gather information about the current state of pathology grand rounds (PGR). We identified all US pathology residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and searched their websites for information regarding PGR, extracting data on their existence, frequency and timing. For a representative subgroup of institutions from all US regions and program sizes, we tabulated the 2017-2018 PGR titles and presenters (gender, degree(s), resident/fellow, faculty academic rank). We found that 71 of 142 (50%) ACGME-accredited programs had PGR, more often in programs with >12 residents (53/88, 60%). PGR were scheduled most commonly weekly, on Thursdays, and at noon. We analyzed 1019 PGR presentations from 41 institutions located in 26 US states. Among the 1105 presenters, 183 (16.56%) were trainees, 74 (6.7%) were non-academic, and 848 (76.7%) were faculty, 559 male and 289 female (M/F = 1.93). M/F ratio increased with academic rank, from 1.0 (117/115) for assistant, to 2.0 (135/68) for associate, and 2.9 (307/106) for full professors. Topics covered by PGR belonged to anatomic pathology (357), clinical pathology (209), research (184) or other medical or surgical specialties (149). Our study suggests that trainees are a major intended audience of pathology grand round. Unfortunately, there is a gender gap among pathology grand round presenters that widens with increasing academic rank of presenters.
Journal Title: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
ISSN: 1532-8198; 1092-9134
Publisher: Elsevier Inc  
Date Published: 2020