Second Year Course in Pathology

Course Director

Erika Crouch, MD
Phone: 314-454-8462
Email: crouch@wustl.edu


Overview

The Department provides a year-long Pathology Course that constitutes a major part of the second year Medical School curriculum. The Course is currently directed by Dr. Erika Crouch but involves most senior faculty and many junior faculty.

The Course surveys the biology of human disease with an overview of concepts central to our modern understanding of disease pathogenesis and pathologic diagnosis. Block 1 General Pathology examines cell injury and repair, inflammatory and immune regulation, and neoplastic transformation. This knowlegebase is then applied in the context of three paradigms of surgical pathology: colon carcinoma, breast carcinoma, and prostate carcinoma.

In subsequent sections, the characteristics of the major disease entities affecting the various organ systems of the human body are discussed in lectures, gross laboratories, and clinical case studies. These are supplemented with a variety of online resources useful for self-study or self-assessment.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on structure-function correlations, the structural correlates of clinical signs and symptoms, as well as the acquisition of key terminology and concepts necessary to efficiently organize information assimilated during the student’s subsequent clinical and/or research training.


Resources


Links

  • Bulletin of WUSM: Official description of medical education at WUSM. Includes “Objectives of the Educational Program”
  • CAPES Committee: Committee on Academic Evaluation of Students – “Rules Governing the Review of Student Performance”