Pathology residents at Baylor College of Medicine rotate through many different hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, but now they have a place to hang their hats no matter where they are headed.
The new Pathology Residents Room opened with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 16. Located in room 209E in the main Baylor building, it offers residents a permanent home on campus during their four-year training.
In it, all residents have their own desk, computer, lockable drawers and book shelves. The room also has a camera-equipped microscope and a multihead scope for the residents to use in preparation of conferences or case discussions. The microscope camera connects to a large mounted monitor so multiple people can see what’s on the scope, allowing for case discussions.
In addition, a book collection has been moved to the room and faculty are donating new books to grow the collection.
There are 25 cubicles in the room, with renovations under way in a smaller room that will add seven cubicles. This will be useful if there are visiting trainees or if the residency program expands.
“Our residents rotate in different hospitals throughout their training. The room is needed to provide the residents with a place they can use as a permanent base camp they can retreat to for study or rest, and where they can safely keep their personal belongings no matter what rotation and what hospital they’re at,” said Dr. Marwan Yared, associate professor and director of the residency training program for the department of pathology & immunology.
The Pathology Residents Room was funded through a combination of departmental funds and faculty donations.