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Medical & Dental Undergraduate Student Education

We educate medical students in classes and small group settings throughout their four-year program of study (for detailed information about the Medical School see VCU School of Medicine). We also educate second-year dental students.

Medical student course materials are available on VCU eCurriculum

Dental student course materials:
General Pathology 601 for Dental Students

Margaret Grimes, MD

The Vice Chair for Pathology Education is Margaret M. Grimes, M.D., M.Ed. Dr. Grimes provides oversight for the Pathology component of the M2 curriculum. Dr. Grimes also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Pathology Resident Training Program. She is a surgical pathologist with specialty interest in pulmonary, cardiac and breast pathology; she also serves as an attending pathologist on the autopsy service.
Contact Dr. Grimes at (804) 828-3832 or mgrimes@vcu.edu.

The Pathology medical school curriculum includes a two-week course in Foundations of Disease, followed by the Pathology component of the organ-system courses throughout the M2 year. Pathology is presented in formal lectures and small group settings. Emphasis is placed on the students’ gaining an understanding of the pathogenetic mechanisms and the manifestations of disease.

M2 students with high Pathology grades are inducted into the Pathology Honor Society, a national society. Exceptional student performance in Pathology is recognized annually with the Charles S. Bryan Prize in Pathology, presented to a graduating student.

Additional Pathology learning experiences are available in the M3 and M4 years as elective rotations in Pathology laboratories, such as Surgical Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, and Hematopathology. Students interested in finding out about Pathology as a career in medicine are encouraged to attend the periodic meetings of the Pathology Club.

The Department of Pathology shares the objectives of the Virginia Commonwealth University to:

  • Maintain an environment of educational excellence. Demonstrate exemplary standards of clinical practice and scientific investigation.
  • Promote an educational atmosphere that motivates intellectual curiosity, meets students' interests in lifelong learning, and promotes excellence in skills and knowledge development.
Other Undergraduate Medical School Pathology Programs
Pathology Club
Pathology Honors & Awards
Other Resources
School of Medicine eCurriculum
Curriculum Innovation Resource Center (CIRC)
Pathology Resource Links