The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides teaching in all five years of the undergraduate curriculum. Most of it is completed in the first two years of the medical programme by means of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Team Based Learning (TBL), interactive lectures, tutorials and practical classes. In year 3-5, teaching continues in the form of combined teaching sessions and student presentation. A bench to beside module has been introduced in year 3 with a strong component of laboratory medicine. Basic concepts along with added focus on clinical aspects are covered in this rotation. Pathology teaching is integrated with clinical teaching in year 4 and 5.
Pathology represents a major foundation of medical science and practice. It encompasses all aspects of disease, including knowledge of the cause and effects of disease, and the organisms response to disease. Knowledge of how an organism responds to disease is important as sometimes disease arises as a result of an innate response of the organism to injury or infection.
The overall aim of the undergraduate pathology curriculum is to explore the underlying general principles of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and to illustrate those using specific cases. This effort encompasses a broad range of biological disciplines, including cell biology, molecular biology and genetics. The lectures are closely integrated with practical sessions.
An important teaching resource is the Histopatholgy Mueseum which houses a comprehensive collection of anatomical pathology specimens and slides. Formal lectures in Forensic Pathology are also conducted in year 3. learn more