Undergraduate Programs


The Department of Pathology has a wide-ranging educational mission. In addition to training residents and fellows and conducting conferences for other clinicians, the Department ensures that the doctors and physician assistants trained at RWJMS are well-grounded in the discipline of pathology.

First and second year medical students are taught pathology in small groups and lecture classes by our attending physicians, residents, and volunteer physicians under the direction of Dr. David Weissmann. Virtually all the attendings and all but the first-year residents participate in this instruction.

In addition, physician assistant students are taught in pathology by many of the same faculty under the direction of Dr. Gene Martin. Thus all our attending pathologists and our advancing residents have an opportunity and obligation to become pathology educators.

David Weissmann, M.D.
Director of Undergraduate Pathology Education
Medical Student Pathology Instructions

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
Physician Assistant Course in Pathology

The Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions - Physician Assistant Program confers a Master of Science degree upon completion of three years of didactic and clinical education. During the didactic phase of the Program, students study the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, etc.) to prepare a foundation for the clinical sciences (clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, etc.) which are learned during the latter half of the program.

During the first year of the A curriculum, the Department of Pathology conducts a year-long introductory course designed to establish a foundation of basic knowledge of general pathology and a comprehensive approach to systemic disease tailored to the needs of a physician assistant. Drs. Eugene Martin and Parisa Javidian serve as course directors for the PA Pathology program, assisted by Nancy Martin, the course coordinator.

Based upon the textbook, Robbin’s BASIC PATHOLOGY, 9th Ed. By Kumar, Cotran and Robbins, Saunders, the course provides an introduction to the mechanisms of disease and the clinical characteristics of a broad spectrum of disease entities.  The focus of our efforts is to provide a foundation for the understanding of disease states at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal levels. 

Faculties from the Department lecture, facilitate discussions, present illustrative cases, providegross presentations and clinical enrichnment throughout the course. Additional volunteer faculty are recruited as needed to provide information on topics such as: the role of the Medical Examiner, oral pathololgy and gerontology.

Graduates of PA program consistently achieve outstanding results on the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) with scores that typically place them in the upper 97th percentile nationwide. 

Co-Course Directors
Eugene Martin, Ph.D.

Parisa Javidian, M.D.