Medical Student Education
The Department of Pathology participates in the education of medical students throughout the four-year curriculum. In the first year, the department delivers a course in General Pathology. Dr. Howard Fleit and Dr. Meenakshi Singh are course co-directors. Twenty-four full-time Pathology department faculty members teach various segments of the course. In addition, ten voluntary faculty members from Winthrop University Hospital Pathology department and two faculty members from the Northport VA Medical Center teach in either the clinical pathology conferences (CPCs) or the laboratory sessions. Several other School of Medicine faculty members teach in components of the General Pathology course represented by the departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Medicine and Pediatrics. The course comprises 93 hours of the first-year curriculum and utilizes multiple teaching modalities including lectures, interactive sessions, CPCs, and laboratory sessions. The current enrollment for the General Pathology course is comprised of medical students, dental students and graduate students.
Systems-based Pathology is integrated within five Pathophysiology courses that run throughout the second year of the School of Medicine curriculum. Dr. Fleit is the department representative on the Medical School Systems committee. Pathology department faculty participate in the teaching of neuropathology; cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal pathology; reproductive and endocrine pathology; and gastrointestinal and liver pathology.
Fourth-year medical students may take electives in anatomic and clinical pathology or in neuropathology. An Advanced Clinical Experience in pathology is also offered to fourth-year medical students.
Over the years, several Pathology faculty members have been recognized for their teaching accomplishments in the School of Medicine ranging from Excellence in Teaching awards by the graduating class of medical students to the Aescalapius Award, the school's highest teaching award. In addition, Pathology faculty members serve in leadership roles involving the management of the curriculum in the School of Medicine.