Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences is responsible for introducing the student to the structural and functional alterations in disease and the mechanisms whereby such alterations are produced. The subject represents both and an applied science that touches almost every other area of medical knowledge and hospital practice.

The dual aspect of pathology is emphasized in the teaching program. Initially, the fundamental principles of disease, such as inflammation and repair, metabolic and hemodynamic disturbances, and neoplasia are presented parallel to actual base studies based on current autopsies and surgical material. From the beginning, an attempt is made to correlate basic principles, morbid anatomy, and clinical syndromes. Later in the course, specific diseases are studied in detail. The characteristic changes produced by disease, in particular organ systems and their relationship to clinical manifestations, are explored.

Laboratory work involves the study of gross and microscopic specimens and may be supplemented by student attendance at autopsies, as well as by student participation in informal seminars.

The department is also involved in the organization and teaching of several subjects in collaboration with other departments which present to the student an integrated view of normal and abnormal function of selected organ systems.

The department offers a program leading to the PhD in experimental pathology which may be adapted to the needs of students who wish to obtain a combined MD-PhD as preparation for a career in academic medicine. Such programs are planned on an individual basis.

Members of the staff are engaged in research in immunochemistry, immunopathology, renal pathophysiology, experimental renal disease, experimental endocrinology and hypertension, genitourinary pathology, muscle pathology, perinatal and adult neuropathology, reticuloendothelial function, biology and neoplasms.

Department Coordinator: Lannette Garcia

Course Descriptions