Faculty of the department is actively engaged in programmatic activities ranging undergraduate and residency programme teaching as well as the PhD programme and a trainee technologists programme. Teaching in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is carried out by professors, associate and assistant professors, instructors and senior instructors as well as invited lecturers.
The Department provides teaching in all five years of the undergraduate curriculum. The bulk of undergraduate teaching in general pathology and basic microbiology is completed in the first two years of the medical programme. This is carried out by means of problem-based learning, interactive lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In years 3-5, teaching is continued in the form of combined teaching sessions and student presentations. Students also return to the Department for a two-week posting in year-3 in which basic concepts of microbiology with added focus on clinical aspects are covered. Formal lectures in forensic pathology are also conducted in year-3. Students also visit several institutes where they acquire experience in autopsy practice and legal aspects of medicine. Year-5 students also rotate through the section of Haematology where they learn common haematological problems through interactive teaching sessions on a weekly basis. They also learn to integrate morphological findings of blood smear with the clinical diagnosis.
The Department offers a 5-year residency programme accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the areas of: Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Histopathology and Microbiology
Technologist Training Programme
The one-year trainee technologist programme is unique in Pakistan. Trainees are inducted with either BSc or MSc qualifications and began with a handful of trainees in 1985. It provides training not only for routine work but also to meet and maintain high quality standards required by international health care systems.