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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Pathology is an ideal specialty choice for students interested in combining clinical and investigative work in their careers. Pathology is composed of anatomic and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology includes surgical pathology, autopsy, cytopathology and forensic pathology. Clinical pathology, also known as laboratory medicine, includes the sub-specialties of hematopathology, transfusion medicine, molecular diagnosis, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, and coagulation. Individuals with an interest in clinical and diagnostic pathology will benefit from a broad spectrum of clinical elective rotations. In addition to internal medicine and surgery, clinical electives in oncology, pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, radiology and surgical oncology would be particularly helpful. This field attracts a large number of MD/PhD students given its close connection to investigative work (both clinical research and bench-top science). Because modern investigation of disease processes frequently calls for development of sophisticated laboratory procedures which depend upon a basic understanding of cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, a strengthening of the student's grasp of these areas of basic science is highly appropriate. Projects involving basic techniques may be arranged with members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or other basic science departments within the School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


Advanced-level clinical medical courses
One-month Autopsy pathology, surgical pathology or laboratory medicine

Highly recommended:

Medicine Sub-I
Infectious Disease
Medical ICU
Pulmonary Medicine
Renal Disease
Surgical Oncology

To learn more about Penn's Department of Pathology visit their website at:

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