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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 comprised of anatomic and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology includes surgical pathology, autopsy, and cytopathology. Clinical pathology, also known as laboratory medicine, includes the sub-specialties of transfusion medicine/blood banking, clinical chemistry, toxicology, endocrinology, immunology, immunogenetics (HLA), microbiology and coagulation.  Subspecialties that bridge laboratory medicine and anatomic pathology include hematopathology, molecular pathology and genomics (including cytogenetics).

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine attracts a large number of MD/PhD students given its close connection to investigative work.  Pathology research spans many different disciplines, ranging from experimental research to informatics to translational research. 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 desirable. Projects involving basic techniques may be arranged with faculty members in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or other basic science departments within the School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Pathology and Lab Medicine Course offerings for medical students (clinical years):

For students contemplating Pathology Residency required courses include:

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

Highly recommended courses:

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

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

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