If a specimen is sent for frozen section, but you do not actually end up doing a frozen section (i.e., you do either a 'gross only' or you don't do an intraoperative consult at all), then you must return the specimen to the front desk for modification of the accessioning.
If you do a frozen section after hours, when there is no tech present to accession the specimen, you must label all frozen slides with a patient-specific identifier (e.g., MRN) and a part-specific identifier (e.g., write out the part name from the surgical specimen container).
When you create an addendum in CoPath, please remember to add your attending and yourself to the "Procedure Pathologist" field for that specific addendum.
You will inevitably be grossing complex or new specimens throughout your residency, and the learning process is gradual. Please ask a senior resident, PA, or (even better) an attending about big specimens that you gross. It takes just a few short minutes, and it will save you time, hassle, and embarrassment later, while (most importantly) also ensuring that the specimen sign out can accurately reflect the patient's condition.
Residents, please gross at the grossing stations at the "left" of the gross room, as the stations on the "right" are regularly occupied by the PAs.
Please triage specimens for your colleagues onto a paper sheet, not into CoPath. This way, original weights and measurements are preserved (without risk of being deleted in CoPath) in case questions arise.
Finally, please review the specific grossing instructions for biopsies in the grossing manual. As you know, residents should not be grossing biopsies any more, but if you do find yourself in that rare situation, there are guidelines for which types of biopsies go into mesh bags vs between sponges, how many cores per cassette, etc.