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BMSc students

Undergraduate Course Registration

Please see the course constraints for registration in all Pathology undergraduate courses listed on the BMSc web site.

Special Permissions / Pre-Requisites:  All requests for special permission / waiving of pre-requisities for any of the pathology courses should be sent directly to Dr. Zia Khan (zia.khan@schulich.uwo.ca).  In your request, please mention your program, what your request is and why you are making the special request.  You should also send your Western Student number and an unofficial copy of your transcript.

Undergraduate BMSc Program

An honors specialization in Pathology is offered jointly through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology leading to a BMSc degree. Students can take a number of Pathology courses including Pathology 3500 (Introduction to Human Pathology), Pathology 3700F/G (Biomedical/Pathology Research), Pathology 4200A (Current Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Human Diseases), Pathology 4400B (Environmental Pathology), and Pathology 4500B (Introduction to Forensic Sciences). Students in the honors specialization also undertake a thesis-based research project (Pathology 4980E) in their 4th year under the supervision of a faculty member of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Course materials, class exercises, etc., for all courses can be accessed and viewed through WebCT-OWL.

A Major in Pathology is also offered and can be completed only in combination with another Major (double Majors) in a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Computer Science jointly offer an Honors specialization in Medical Health Informatics.

The Honors Specialization and Specialization in Pathology may only be completed within the BMSc Program. Students beginning their studies at the University in 2013 will not register in modules leading to a BMSc degree until they are admitted to Year 3 of the BMSc Program. For more information, see BMSc Program and Modules Offered in the BMSc Program.

Science/BMSc Internship Program

The Science/BMSc Internship Program includes a series of preparatory sessions, an 8-16 month practical career-related experience in an employment setting, and a post-internship component. All students enrolled in the 3rd year of a 4-year undergraduate Science or Basic Medical Science Honors Specialization, Specialization, or in a Major + Major combination [where at least one of the Majors is in Science or Basic Medical Science], are eligible to enroll in the Science/BMSc Internship Program, if they satisfy the eligibility requirements.

Courses

Pathology 3500 – Introduction to Human Pathology

Pathology 3500 (Introduction to Human Pathology) – Full Term

An introduction to human pathology – the study of disease. Students will be introduced to general mechanisms of disease (e.g. inflammation, injury, neoplasia, disturbed hemodynamics). These general processes will be described and applied to specific diseases of organ systems.

Antirequisite(s): Pathology 2420A, the former Pathology 3240A, 3245B.
Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 2280A; Biology 2382A/B.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1.0 course.
Timetable:
Mondays/Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:30am

Pathology 3700F/G – Biomedical/Pathology Research

Pathology 3700G (Biomedical/Pathology Research) - Winter Term

The focus is on the various research approaches, disease models, experimental designs, and analytical methods used to study and evaluate human disease. The course will use contemporary learning tools and a variety of evaluation and assessment methods. Examples will be taken from major diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.

Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry 2280A and registration in a BMSc degree.
Pre-or Corequisite(s): Pathology 3500 or the former Pathology 3240A; Physiology 3120 or Pathology 3140A.
Extra Information: 3 lecture/tutorial hours per week
Timetable: Tuesdays, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Pathology 4200A – Current Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Human Diseases

Pathology 4200A (Current Concepts in the Pathogenesis of Human Disease) – Fall Term

This course will cover current concepts in the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of selected human diseases. These will include endocrine, metabolic, neuropsychiatric, renal, cardiac and neoplastic diseases, with emphasis on defects in genes and/or the levels of hormones or growth factor receptors, cellular organelles, intracellular signaling pathways, and cellular metabolism.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology 3240A and Pathology 3245B with a mark of at least 70% in each.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course
Timetable:  Mondays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Pathology 4400B – Environmental Pathology

Pathology 4400B (Environmental Pathology) – Winter Term

The pathology of occupational and environmental diseases, including information on recent developments and basic mechanisms involved in these diseases. Recognition of occupational and environmental diseases, early diagnosis, mechanisms of cell injury and regeneration, and the effects of a wide variety of toxic drugs, chemicals and UV and ionizing radiation are included.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology 3240A and 3245B with a minimum mark of 70% in each.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
Timetable:  Mondays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Pathology 4500B – Introduction to Forensic Sciences

Pathology 4500B (Introduction to Forensic Sciences) – Winter Term

Examination of the medicolegal framework investigating the nature and circumstance of certain deaths. These forensic investigations involve experts in different disciplines assisting the coroner and police in resolving cases. Forensic pathology examines the effects of disease, particularly in sudden death, and effects of various external agents on the human body.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology 3240A and 3245B with a minimum mark of 75% in each. Restricted to students in Year 4 of Pathology and Toxicology modules. Limited spaces available to students in Year 4 of other Basic Medical Sciences modules, with permission of the course director.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.   Limited Enrollment.
Timetable:  Wednesdays, 8:30am-10:30am

Pathology 4980E – Seminar and Research Project

Pathology & Toxicology 4980E (Seminar and Research Project) – September to April

Includes: i) theory and practice of laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, appropriate use of experimental models, ii) an independent research project supervised by faculty, iii) oral and written communication skills, including the preparation of a research proposal and final written research project report.

Antirequisite(s): The former Toxicology and Pathology 480E.
Prerequisite(s): Pathology 3240A and Pathology 3245B, with a mark of at least 75% in each; Pharmacology 3620 or the former Pharmacology 3550A/B and 3560A/B; Physiology 3120; and registration in the Honors Specialization in Pathology and Toxicology.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s): Pathology 4500B.
Extra Information: Minimum 11 laboratory hours per week plus 1 seminar hour per week. 1.5 course.    

Medical Health Informatics 4100F – Health Informatics

MHI 4100F (Introduction to Health Informatics) – Fall Term

Fundamentals of Health Informatics including an overview of the health care system; computer systems; communications/ information theory; data types, standards, quality, uses and users; and HI applications. Uses of computers in health care with emphasis on various clinical support and clinical information systems and the electronic health record and its achievability.

Antirequisite(s): the former Pathology 4100F
Prerequisite(s): Enrolment in Year 4 of either an Honors Specialization in Pathology and Toxicology or an Honors Specialization in Medical Health Informatics, or enrolment in Year 4 of Software Engineering (Health Informatics option) offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or permission of the course director.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Medical Health Informatics 4110G – Health Information Management

MHI 4110G (Health Information Management) – Winter Term

The flow, management and use of health data across integrated health facilities, clinical information systems and the care continuum will be examined. Implementation of complex health information systems will be explored, including security and privacy of health information, adoption of new technologies, team and project management.

Antirequisite(s): the former Pathology 4110G
Prerequisite(s): Medical Health Informatics 4100F or the former Pathology 4100F; and enrolment in Year 4 of either an Honors Specialization in Pathology and Toxicology or an Honors Specialization in Medical Health Informatics, or enrolment in Year 4 of  Software Engineering (Health Informatics option) offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or permission of the course director.
Corequisite(s):
Pre-or Corequisite(s):
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.