These learning outcomes meet the Institute of Medicine’s core competencies for health care professionals, namely, the ability to provide patient-centered care, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence-based practice, apply quality improvement, and utilize informatics. (Institute of Medicine. Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2003)
The graduate of the Rutgers MS CLS-Cytopathology Track will be able to:
- Perform diagnostic cytology on gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and fine needle aspiration specimens to identify and determine specimen adequacy, cellular constituents within normal limits, inflammatory, pre-malignant, and malignant cellular changes, and effects of therapy.
- Use Rapid Onsite Evaluation (ROSE) to assess acceptability of specimens collected by fine needle aspiration, perform locator-guided screening for gynecologic samples, and use digital pathology to document findings.
- Perform high-complexity methods for detection and characterization of cancers and pathogens by examining DNA, RNA, and other cellular components using immunochemistry, flow cytometry, digital image analysis, fluorescence-in-situhybridization, polymerase chain reaction, other molecular methods, and emerging diagnostics.
- Apply principles and practices of quality assurance/improvement, method evaluation, management, regulatory compliance, critical thinking and problem solving to cytology laboratory services to reduce diagnostic errors, improve efficiency and timeliness, and decrease costs.
- Critically review, appraise and synthesize the cytology and health sciences literature.
- Identify and systematically investigate research questions to promote evidence-based cytology practice.
- Use a variety of information technologies to address both theoretical and practical problems, enhance communication, and disseminate knowledge to applicable audiences and interest groups.
- Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication, using both scholarly and technical formats, to work effectively interprofessional teams.
- Participate in cytology and other healthcare professional organizations and the cytology community-at-large through patient advocacy, volunteerism, education, and research.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional relationships with diverse groups of patients, peers, other health care professionals, faculty, and the public.
- Comply with professional codes of ethics and display ethical behavior in practice, education, professional and scholarly activities