Rebecca Sonu, MD

Resident Council Resident Representative Leadership Award 2012

“Clinical Pathology is an integral part of clinical care that needs increased exposure in the community.”
—Rebecca Sonu, MD

Rebecca Sonu, MD, a third-year Clinical Pathology resident at the University of California Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), Sacramento, Calif., has discovered that the profession of pathology is often misunderstood among medical students and other clinicians.

“Clinical Pathology is an integral part of clinical care that needs increased exposure in the community,” Dr. Sonu said.

This past year, she took part in her pathology department’s initiative to become more innovative by developing a new medical student elective that offers exposure to clinical pathology in the areas of blood banking, apheresis, microbiology, and hematopathology. The academic curriculum is now structured to help medical students gain exposure to clinical pathology and its integral role in patient care. Dr. Sonu has also participated in a working group to restructure the pathology rotation for medical students, so that it now covers all areas of clinical pathology.   

As an ASCP Resident Representative, Dr. Sonu regularly provides updates at monthly resident-director meetings about ASCP activities, encouraging them to join the Society, apply for resident grants, and submit abstracts to present at ASCP Annual Meetings. Her enthusiasm for promoting the profession and ASCP has been tireless.