Goals & Features of the E-manual
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Pathology diagnosis begins with specimen handling. Systematic examination and adequate sampling (i.e., "gross examination") are key determinants for correct and meaningful diagnosis. Our study has shown that correct gross examination and adequate sampling also significantly reduce laboratory cost, and improve service turn-around time. Gross examination follows a set of rules and is a complex task. It is a professional skill that requires vigorous training. The goal of this web-based electronic manual for specimen gross examination is to 1) provide general guidelines, recommended dictation templates, and suggested tissue sampling for each type of commonly encountered surgical specimens; and 2) help standardize the procedures of gross examination. The information is organized by anatomic system & specific organ, with extensive hyperlinks to allow easy navigation and quick search for intended information.