Histopathology at RIE

Histopathology at RIE


RIE induction

  • On Day 1, only the ST1 and FY1 trainees assigned to RIE will attend the corporate induction at RIE.

  • On Days 2 and 3, all SE Scotland ST1s and FY1 trainees will attend the departmental induction at RIE. They will be split into 2 groups and tour the laboratory approximately 15 to 30 minutes apart. This is purely due to the limitation of physical space in the laboratory.

  • On each day, all trainees to meet Dr Chee Thum (Consultant Pathologist) at RIE at 8:55am before being directed to relevant personnel.

Day 1 Wednesday

(ST1, FY1, any other new Starts to the Department)

Corporate induction

Departmental induction following corporate induction:

  • Meet consultants and trainees

  • Meet secretaries

  • Meet Gill Duncan – Computer access, Badge, book TRAK training, leaves application forms, STSS

  • Meet assigned Clinical Supervisors

Day 2 Thursday

(ST1 and FY1)

  • 9am: Specimen Reception – Specimen booking and team distribution

  • 9:30am: Trimming and decalcification

  • 10:30am: Embedding of blocks

  • 11am: Block cutting

  • Midday to 1pm: Lunch

  • 1pm: Special staining

  • 2pm: Clinical supervisor teaching

  • 3pm: Immunohistochemistry

  • 4:30pm: Specimens go into processor

** To observe frozen sections if any are done during the day

Day 3 Friday

(ST1 and FY1)

9am to 5pm - Shadow trainees to learn:

  • Setting up microscope

  • Location where slides are issued to pathologists and filing

  • Location of SOP

  • Use of dictation, docking

  • Use of Winscribe

  • Use of ILab (Apex) – CPRES, RNQ

  • Use of templates when dictating, SNOWMED coding

  • During the day (at some point) - Observe secretaries typing to learn the use of templates and SNOWMED coding

Local teaching

At the RIE, there is a 30 to 60 minute teaching session every day at 2pm taken in turn by the Clinical Supervisors.

In addition, there are a number of informal teaching activities including team consensus meetings.

These sessions are held in the multiheader teaching room.

There are several Multidisciplinary team meetings which the Pathology teams at the RIE contribute to. You are welcome to attend any of these; please speak to the relevant consultant who can let you know where these take place.




  • 1pm: Liver meeting, RIE

  • 2pm to 3pm: National Paediatric oncology meeting, RHSC

  • 4pm: Endocrine MDM, 3rd Monday of each month, Chancellor's building


  • 8:30am: Lung MDM, Oncology seminar room, WGH

  • 10:30am: Head & Neck MDM (videoconference from RIE)

  • Midday: HPB MDM, RIE


  • 4:30pm: Lothian sarcoma group, RIE (video conference)


  • 8:30am to 10am: Gynae MDM, Board Room RIE

  • 12:30pm: Transplant radiology

  • 1pm: Paediatric mortality meeting

  • 1pm (alt): Renal MDM, RIE


  • 8:00am: Upper GI MDM, RIE

  • 8:30am: Lung MDM, Postgraduate centre, RIE

  • 8:30am: Paediatric oncology meeting, RHSC

  • 1pm: Fetal anomaly meeting (alt), RIE