Catherine Streutker obtained her BSc at the University of Waterloo in Biochemistry (1989), then earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1991). She completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 1994, followed by her Anatomic Pathology Residency program at the University of Toronto After this, she completed a two year fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology with Dr. R. Riddell at McMaster University. In 2001, she joined St Michael’s Hospital and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto as a gastrointestinal pathologist. Her research interests are primarily mucosal immunology, Barrett’s esophagus and tumours of the upper gastrointestinal tract. She is presently the Chief of Laboratory Medicine group at Unity Health Toronto and Vice Chair of Promotions and Mentorship at the University of Toronto.
Gastroenterologists continue to find new ways to apply endoscopy in the evaluation and identification of luminal and extraluminal pathologies. This has resulted in rapid changes in the types of specimens received in the pathology lab, which can cause confusion. The major new procedures are reviewed with rationale for use, types of specimens received and issues in gross and microscopic handling of lesions.
Characterize traditional pathology training and evaluation methods.
Evaluate new instructional technologies – from theory to utility in pathology training.
Recognize the limitations of traditional and novel educational pedagogy.