YSM Medical Courses

Pathology 100: Pathological Basis of Human Disease

Rob Homer and staff

Fundamental principles underlying the pathological alterations in function and structure that constitute the reaction of the organism to injury. Pathology of diseases involving special organs and systems. Correlation of the clinical and anatomical manifestations is emphasized. Required for second year medical students.

Pathology 116: Autopsy Pathology

Kisha Mitchell and staff

The course will provide participation in the autopsy service with house staff in pathology. The course will cover proper performance of the autopsy including dissection, documentation and reporting, presentation of autopsy findings and communication of medical opinions formed from the autopsy. The work will include involvement in dissection of cases, review of gross pathology, submission of sections for histology, review of microscopic slides, preparation of reports of findings and involvement in investigative procedures related to necropsy material. 

Opportunities exist for correlation studies with previous biopsies, and clinical investigative and cell biologic techniques in relation to necropsy material and attendance. Six weeks minimum, enrollment limited to two students.

Pathology 117: Anatomic Pathology

A. Brian West and staff

The department offers an elective to medical students in the third and fourth years which provides a broad experience in general diagnostic techniques. Students have opportunities to participate in surgical pathology, cytology (including fine-needle aspiration), and autopsy. A daily diagnostic conference is scheduled for both residents and students, and an additional two hours of conference is provided each week exclusively for the students. In addition to direct responsibilities in the handling of the cases, the student has the opportunity to apply the special techniques of electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and flow cytometry. A minimum of four weeks is suggested for this elective. Five students are accommodated every four to six weeks.

Pathology 650b: Cellular and Molecular Biology of Cancer

David Stern

A comprehensive survey of cancer research from the cellular to the clinical level. The relationship of cancer to intracellular and intercellular regulation of cell proliferation is emphasized, as are animal models for cancer research. Background in molecular genetics and cell biology is assumed. Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the Organizers.

Pathology 670b/Biology 370b: Biological Mechanisms of Reaction to Injury

Michael Kashgarian, Joe Madri, Jon Morrow, and A. Brian West

An introduction to human biology and disease as a manifestation of reaction to injury. Topics include organ structure and function, cell injury, circulatory and inflammatory responses, disordered physiology, and neoplasia.

Pathology 690b: Molecular Mechanisms of Diseases

The course is directed to graduate students and is designed to link the experimental and basic molecular mechanisms of cellular and organ functions to the pathogenesis of the most common human diseases. The course will address the molecular basis of viral infections and AIDS, inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases, and of several hematologic disorders. As for last year, the course is coordinated with the Department of Genetics to provide the students with a comprehensive, in-depth perspective on the significance and impact of genetic mechanisms in human diseases. In addition to formal lectures, the course will offer monthly Journal clubs and a Special seminar given by a prominent guest speaker.