The UCSD Department of Pathology is home to a number of diverse and exciting educational programs that serve the Health Sciences.
Undergraduate Medical Education
Pathology faculty are prominent contributors to the UCSD School of Medicine Integrated Science Curriculum. A new pre-clerkship curriculum was inaugurated for the School of Medicine class that matriculated in the Fall of 2010. Pathology faculty lecture in the blocks of the curriculum and also serve as facilitators of problem-based learning sessions throughout the year. Select Pathology faculty also serve as thread directors and block leaders for the curriculum.
Pathology faculty participate in the following Pathology pre-clerkship elective courses for first and second-year medical students: Pre-Clerkship Experience in Laboratory Medicine (PATH 216); Mouse Models of Human Disease (PATH 223); and Practical Histopathology in Mouse Models of Human Disease - Guides to Phenotyping the Genetically Altered Mouse (PATH 234). For third-year medical students, two-week intensive experiences ("Selectives") are available in Surgical Pathology (UCSD Medical Center), Anatomic Pathology (Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System), and Neuropathology (UCSD Medical Center). For fourth-year medical students, a rich array of Pathology clinical clerkships is available in Autopsy, Cytology, Laboratory Medicine, Surgical Pathology, and Pediatric Pathology.
Pathology faculty are highly engaged in graduate-student education. Molecular Pathology is a formal track in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, which is one of the two major Ph.D. degree-granting programs that serve UCSD Health Sciences The Department of Pathology offers several elective courses for graduate students: Mechanisms of Neurologic Disease (PATH 220), Molecular Pathology of Cancer (PATH 221), Microbial Pathogenesis (PATH 222), Seminars in Pathology (PATH 225), Directed Reading (PATH 296), and Independent Study (PATH 299).
Pathology faculty teach in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS): Human Disease (SPPS 215), Laboratory Medicine (SPPS 216), Histology (SPPS 240), and Microbiology (SPPS 246A, 246B). This school, which opened in 2002, has rapidly risen in stature to become one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation, and pharmacy students participate in some of the medical school courses.
The Pathology department is the academic home for the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program. The Program provides education in research ethics and medical ethics in a wide variety of forums for: graduate students in the Molecular Pathology track of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program; residents in Pathology; medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and staff in the Health Sciences; and all members of the University's research community. Primary educational settings include: Ethics in Scientific Research (BIOM/PHAR 219), Scientific Ethics (SOMI 226), Ethics and Survival Skills in Academia (PATH 241), Scientific Integrity (an asynchronous, online course), CREST, NCLAM, Health Law Program, Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Regulatory Affairs Essentials Certificate (UCSD Extension), Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series, Tough Cases Seminar Series, the Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Practice of Medicine (POM) components of the medical school curriculum, Workshops to train faculty in teaching of research ethics, and a Resources Website used nationally and internationally by teachers of research ethics.
Faculty Recognition for Teaching
With their breadth and depth of teaching, it is not surprising that Pathology faculty are consistently honored with School-wide awards such as the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Campus-Wide Distinguished Teaching Award. In fact, seven Pathology faculty have received Campus-wide awards, UCSD's highest honor for teaching. These faculty include Stephen Baird, Lawrence Hansen, Katsumi Miyai, Henry Powell, Sharon Reed, Noel Weidner, and Paul Wolf.
Medical Student Pathology Awards
Effective with Academic Year 2011-12, the Department of Pathology will offer several awards for medical students who excel in Pathology.
The Graduating Medical Student Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pathology recognizes a graduating medical student who has achieved outstanding performance in Pathology-related courses, clerkships, electives, and/or selectives as evidenced by written evaluations, grades, and/or test scores AND who has demonstrated interest in Pathology (e.g., completing a Pathology research project, planning to pursue Pathology residency or fellowship, etc.). The award consists of a $1,000 check, a certificate, and recognition on a perpetual plaque in the Department of Pathology.
The Department of Pathology also offers up to four medical student travel awards per year (two in the first six months of the calendar year and two in the second six months of the calendar year). Each award may be up to $750 and must be applied towards travel, lodging, and registration for a scientific/medical meeting at which the student will present his/her work. Medical students in good-standing who have performed a project in the Department of Pathology are eligible to apply. The application consists of a copy of the abstract (with student as first author), a copy of the acceptance letter from the organization sponsoring the meeting, a statement by the student (250 words or less) indicating how the project and attendance at the meeting will advance his/her career, and a short letter of support by the Pathology faculty member project advisor describing the role of the student in the project and including a statement about the need for funding. These materials should be submitted as one PDF file to the Department of Pathology Vice Chair for Education via firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com at least 60 days prior to the proposed travel. Applications will be reviewed expeditiously. Reimbursement will require original receipts and a one-page summary of the student's experience at the meeting with emphasis on presentation of the project. There is a limit of one meeting per student per year.
Pathology Interest Group for Medical Students
Effective with Academic Year 2011-12, a Pathology Interest Group will be available for all medical students who have potential interest in Pathology as a career. All medical students taking Pathology clerkships, electives, and selectives will automatically become members. Meetings will occur at least bi-monthly, will include food/libation, and will generally include a presentation by one or more Pathology faculty about careers in Pathology as well as presentation of an interesting case by a Pathology resident and/or medical student. Announcements of meetings will occur via e-mails and flyers.
Pathology Residency Program
Annually, about 3% of UCSD graduating medical students choose Pathology as a career, and a number of UCSD medical students are accepted into the UCSD Pathology Residency Program.
Serving as both a basic science and a clinical department in the UCSD Health Sciences, the Department of Pathology is unique in its diverse array of educational offerings..
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