PATH Course Descriptions
For descriptions of medical student electives, see the
of Medicine Electives Manual.
The Department of Pathology is in the College
Pathology is a broad-based discipline involving the study of the mechanisms
of disease at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Research in
experimental pathology utilizes the techniques of modern biology, including
recombinant DNA technologies, immunochemistry methods, electron microscopy and
a variety of in vitro and in vivo model systems.
The applicability of the findings in the experimental pathology laboratory is
frequently tested on tissue samples and body fluids from patients.
Both basic and clinical pathology principles are featured in medical
student, resident and graduate student teaching. Students are provided with
knowledge of disease processes upon which to build a comprehensive
understanding of the biomedical literature in other disciplines as well as
pathology. Current concepts arising from the most recent laboratory findings
are constantly introduced into the curriculum. Educational and research
programs focus on a wide spectrum of health care problems including cancer,
AIDS, heart disease, genetic diseases, aging, immune disorders and neurologic
For more information contact the department