Pathology Academic Resource Center

Kline Student Awards

The Carl A. Kline Memorial Fund was established in 1978, by Robert Kline, in loving memory of his brother. Carl completed Pathology training at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1956. This contribution creates a living memorial for the better health of all mankind.

The 2nd year Kline Award recognizes a sophomore medical student with the highest grade in Pathology. A check for $2,000.00 and plaque is awarded to the winner.

The Pathology Academic Achievement award recognizes the 2nd year medical student with the 2nd highest grade in Pathology. A book from the American Society of Clinical Pathology is awarded and a plaque from the Department of Pathology.

The 4th year Kline Award recognizes a senior medical student who displays an indepth understanding of a particular disease process, including clinical findings, laboratory studies, differential diagnosis, pathophysiology, and recent research. A check for $1,000.00 and plaque is awarded to the winner. (see below*)

Requirements for Senior Year Kline award:

This is a competitive award available to all senior medical students at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Participants must submit a case report in the form of a typed paper that will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The judges will select the report that best demonstrates the use of Pathology studies in patient diagnosis and management. The awardee will receive a plaque and $1,000.00. The winner of the award will be announced at the graduation reception.

*Students should use the following guidelines for the 4th year Kline Award:

A. The subject of the case presentation should be a patient you encountered at any time during your training at one of the San Antonio or Harlingen hospitals or clinics. The case should be a good illustration of the use of laboratory medicine and/or anatomic pathology studies. If the case is not from the University Health System or Audie Murphy VA Medical Center, the report must be accompanied by a letter from the attending physician stating that you have permission to use the case and providing a contact phone number.

B. The paper must be double-spaced with font size 12 and must not exceed 12 pages, excluding title page, table of contents, and illustrations. The case report must use the following format:

  1. Title page (one with and one without student name)
  2. Table of contents
  3. Case description
  4. Laboratory medicine and/or anatomic pathology studies
  5. Differential and final diagnosis
  6. Patient treatment and clinical course
  7. Discussion of disease entity
  8. Illustrations
  9. Bibliography
  10. Acknowledgements

    1. The title page must contain the case report title, and patient hospital number and location. The student name and patient identification must not be noted on any other pages. For reasons of confidentiality, do not include the patient name on any material submitted, including radiographs. On the first page include the submitting student name. The second title page should be identical except that it does not contain the student name. This second title page is used in the version distributed to the judges to preserve anonymity.

    2. The table of contents should repeat the title of the paper, list the total number of pages, and list any special illustrations.

    3. Write a succinct description of the case including patient medical history, presentation, relevant imaging studies and other non-pathological relevant studies.

    4. Describe the laboratory and/or anatomic pathology studies that were performed and how they helped to establish a diagnosis and / or affect treatment.

    5. Discuss the differential diagnosis and how the final diagnosis was obtained.

    6. Discuss the clinical course of the patient, treatment and outcome. If an autopsy was performed discuss the findings and correlate with the clinical impression.

    7. Present a thorough discussion of the disease entity including typical clinical and pathology findings, pathophysiology and a summary of recent research. Cite references in the text.

    8. When indicated, charts, graphs and other illustrations may be included. Photomicrographs of biopsies, autopsy material, peripheral blood smears may be helpful.

    9. The bibliography should have a minimum of five references from recent journals.

    10. The report should be the sole work of the student. Any help obtained should be acknowledged, including photography, typing, graphic services.

C. The completed paper should be submitted to the Pathology Resource Center, Room 466L (inside Computing Resources). The paper must be submitted before 4pm on February 2, 2009. A panel of judges will select the winning paper. Criteria for judging will include: 1. How well the case demonstrates the use of laboratory medicine and /or anatomic pathology studies. 2. The participant's understanding of the disease entity and use of pathology studies. 3. Format, grammar and spelling.


If you have further questions, please contact either of the following:

Dr. Josefine Heim-Hall
(210) 567-4085

Dr. Wieslaw Furmaga
(210) 567-4074

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