Pathology Interest Group (PathIG)

Statement of Purpose and Organization/Mission:

The Pathology Interest Group at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix aims to expose medical students to the field of pathology. As such, this organization intends to host events throughout the year featuring pathologists in the Phoenix metroplex. These presentations will include but are not limited to discussions about sub-specialties, residency programs, and shadowing opportunities. This group also aims to organize hands-on workshop activities, where students can practice histology slide interpretation and ultimately gain a better understanding of diagnoses based on the gross and microscopic examination of tissues and bodily fluids. This club is open to all UA COMP students, staff, and faculty.

Club Leadership


Club Activities 2016

Women's Health Under the Microscope - Dr. Fischione

March 8th, 2016


Pathologist Panel Lunch Talk

April 2016


Faculty Advisors

Savanah McMahon, MS2

My name is Savanah McMahon and I am an MS2 here at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. I am originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. I recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in Vocal Performance. I decided to create the Pathology Interest Group to give all students the chance to explore pathology as a specialty and to practice histological interpretations when studying diseases. Pathology has fascinated me for many years now and I am honored to lead this group. Please feel free to contact Mei So, Sophie Loeb, or myself if you have any questions!

Dr. Robin Cusick is the Chief Medical Officer of United Blood Services Arizona community blood center and is also the Medical/Laboratory Director for the BSL Immunohematology Reference Laboratory and Creative Testing Solutions laboratory in Arizona. In these roles, she enjoys working with blood center and laboratory staff, donors, and hospital blood bank staff and clinicians. Dr. Cusick also enjoys teaching residents, fellows, and medical students. Dr. Cusick is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science and went on to medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Cusick lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters.

Mei So, MS2

I am from Yuma, AZ but moved to the Phoenix area in 2014. I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona-Tucson. I worked as a registered nurse before starting medical school. I enjoy learning the pathology of diseases and understand their histological hallmarks. On my time off, I like to spend the day outdoor and cooking my favorite dishes.

Dr. Mark Fischione was named Chief Medical Examiner for the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner on September 12, 2006. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Fischione was the Academic Deputy Chief Medical Examiner. He had been with the Maricopa County Office for seventeen years and retired in 2013 to pursue teaching full time. He currently is the medical examiner for the Yavapai and Gila counties. Before moving to Arizona, Dr. Fischione was a deputy medical examiner in Oakland County, Michigan, in office for five years. His premedical training, medical training, and residency in Pathology was completed in Michigan, and he completed his Forensic Pathology Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Fischione is Board Certified in both Anatomic and Forensic Pathology and holds medical licensure in Arizona and Michigan. He has been affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix for the past seven years and has taught at A.T. Still University for twenty years. He currently is a Professor of Pathology, Histology, and Embryology.

Sophie Loeb, MS2

My name is Sophie Loeb, and I am an MS2 here at The University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix. I graduated from The University of Arizona- Tucson with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Physiology in 2014. Coming from a physiology background, I have always been interested in how things function “normally” in the body, but more importantly, how things can go awry. I believe that advances in technology as a whole will only further open the window(s) in to pathology and what we are able to deduce from its’ samples. The examination of tissues and fluids can tell us so much not only about what might be going on in a patient, but why. I am so excited to join this amazing club’s leadership! In my spare time, I am an avid dancer, singer, and actress, performing and training at various theatres and dance studios around the Valley.