Med Residents Glad to See Rao Go
"He's loved by everybody across the board, students, residents," said Pathology Resident Allison Lisle. "It's going to be exciting to have him take over as medical examiner."
He is Dr. Eddie Adelstein, who takes over at the end of this month when Dr. Valerie Rao returns to Florida. Medical students complain Rao didn't work with them enough, although MU employed her.
"I would not be able to certify them to the American Board of Pathology, that they had done the appropriate number of autopsies, to be able to sit their final board exam in pathology," said Pathology Residency Director Dr. Alan Luger. "We all wanted to have a good experience over at the medical examiner's office and see what that was all about. But, she was pretty limiting on our opportunities for that."
Another resident wrote, "In addition, teaching of pathology residents and medical students was of the utmost importance, a practice that Dr. Rao failed to uphold."
Rao won't respond to pathology residents' complaints, instead referring to the National Association of Medical Examiners guidelines.
But, NAME suggests the forensic pathologist or residents in pathology perform all autopsies, standard practice at most U.S. residency programs where going to the medical examiner's office every day is the norm. Residents say Rao let them go on a rotating basis only a few days each month to the medical examiner's office.