Year One Curriculum

Pathologists’ Assistant Curriculum  

Course Number Title Term
PATHPA - 9535 Human Pathology September – April
PATHPA - 9561A Functional Histology September – April
PATHPA - 9562A Infectious Diseases & Pathology September – April
ANAT 9560 Human Anatomy, Embryology September – May
PATHPA - 9550B Intro to Forensic Sciences January – April
PATHPA - 9551B Intro to Forensic Sciences – Special Topic January - April
PATHPA - 9563 Basics of Grossing May - June
PHYSIO 2130 Human Physiology September

9535 Human Pathology

1.0 Credit

This is a survey course for students covering, in the first term, fundamental mechanisms of common disease processes. The second term course includes a lecture-based discussion of diseases that affect most of the major organ systems of the human body, knowledge of which is important to the practice of Pathology. The lectures will be delivered conjointly with undergraduate students. The PA graduate students will also have to participate in case studies of disease.

Course coordinators:  Dr. Matt Cecchini, Dr. Liena Zhao

9561 Functional Histology for Clinical Practice

1.0 Credit

A detailed study of the microscopic structure of human tissues and organs with emphasis on structure-to-function relationship as applied to the human disease process. Graduate students attend the lectures and microscope sessions on a multi-headed microscope with pathology faculty.

9562 Infectious Diseases & Pathology

1.0 Credit

A detailed study of microbiologic organisms and how they cause disease.  The course will be divided into two halves.  The first half will cover the basics of microbiology and infectious diseases.  It will cover the basic organisms and how they produce disease.  This will be followed by a series of lectures dealing with the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.  The second half of the course will build on the material learnt from the first half of the course and from material learnt from other courses (Histology, Human Pathology, etc.).   The second half will be a series of presentation by the course coordinator and the graduate students.  Each presentation will be based on a specific infectious disease and will cover the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, lab investigations, treatment and prevention. 

Course Coordinators:  Dr Johan Delport, Dr Keith Kwan

9560 Human Anatomy & Embryology

2.0 Credit

A study of human anatomy, embryology and imaging for graduate students. The course consists of dissection and tutorials in gross anatomy, as well as tutorials in embryology. Students should expect to spend at least 6 hours/week in the lab and 2-4 hours/week in tutorials. Imaging will be covered in tutorials and by guest presentations.

Offered through the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

9550 (550b) Introduction to Forensic Sciences

0.5 Credit

Examination of the medico-legal 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.

9551 Special Topic Forensic Sciences

0.5 Credit

Students who have taken Pathol 4500B (For Path) within the last two years of study will be exempt from taking Path 9550, but will be required to conduct a literature or systematic review or case study on a selected topic in Forensic Sciences. This will be submitted as a written report and assessed by a Pathology faculty member.

9563 Basics of Grossing

1.0 Credit

Aim is to cover the general principles of the Pathologists’ Assistant job at the Gross Room going from the general (specimen receiving, identification, accessioning, etc.) to the specific (organ system-specific grossing, special procedures, etc.) with the intention of preparing the students for grossing at UH and in their placements. It is also of compulsory attendance for the PGY-1 Pathology Residents to prepare them for grossing upon their arrival to the department in the summer. The course also covers related subjects (personal protective equipment, anatomical orientation and terminology, tissue fixation, specimen photography, etc.).

The lectures are given for 3 hours a week on Wednesday mornings during the months of May and June.

2130 Human Physiology (Online Course)

COURSE INFORMATION: A survey course outlining the principles of human/mammalian physiology; general properties of the living cell and internal environment; neural, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, renal and endocrine system; metabolism, reproduction and homeostasis. 1.0 course.

Dr. Christine Bell

EVALUATION: Final marks in this course are based on four assignments (4%), four quizzes (4%), four case studies (4%), 2 tests (16% each), a midterm (16%), and a final exam (40%).