Department of Pathology
About the Department
Pathology, defined as the study of disease, bridges the gap between the basic and
clinical sciences. Because of its pivotal position in medical education, it is designed
to challenge the student’s ability to integrate facts and solve clinical problems
that are commonly encountered in clinical practice.
General pathology reviews basic mechanisms of disease, which are critical to the understanding
of clinical disorders. Laboratory medicine or clinical pathology is the study of the
proper use and interpretation of laboratory tests. Systemic Pathology constitutes
the largest portion of the course and spans both the Fall and Spring semesters. It
introduces the student to specific disorders involving each of the organ systems.
Since pathology is a bridging science, it thoroughly integrates the material covered
during the first year and provides the necessary framework for understanding the clinical
sciences in the third and fourth year.
Darlene R. DuBois, Academic Assistant III