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Medical Student Pathology Instruction

In the context of an integrated medical school curriculum, pathology instruction is offered to medical students during their first and second years. The instruction is most concentrated in the second year when they study pathology as part of a series of blocks organized by organ system.

As part of these blocks, pathology material is taught to small groups of 12-15 students who view images of gross and microscopic lesions and discuss the disease processes with their instructor. In addition the students manipulate and discuss digital virtual slides so that they become accustomed to the kinds of diagnostic inquiry that form the basis for much of the pathologist's mission.

By participating in these activities, the students learn the basics of morphologic analysis and master the fundamentals of disease as presented in the textbook "Robbins' Basic Pathology" and in various lectures and demonstrations of gross organs.

David Weissmann, M.D.
Director of Undergraduate Pathology Education