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Medical & Dental Undergraduate Student Education
We educate medical students in classes and laboratories 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
Dental Pathology Honors & Awards
The Vice Chair for Pathology Education is Margaret M. Grimes, M.D., M.Ed. Dr. Grimes provides oversight for the Pathology component of the MII curriculum, including the Pathology laboratory sessions, and is the co-director of the MII Respiratory course. 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 email@example.com.
The MII Pathology curriculum includes a one-week course in Pathogenesis, followed by the Pathology component of the organ-system courses throughout the MII year. Pathology is presented in formal lectures and in laboratory sessions. The laboratories complement the lectures, and are opportunities for the students to examine gross and microscopic specimens that illustrate specific disease processes, in a small group setting. Emphasis is placed on the students’ gaining an understanding of the pathogenetic mechanisms and the clinical manifestations of disease. Laboratory instructors include members of the Pathology faculty and Pathology residents.
MII 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. Bryant Prize in Pathology, presented to a graduating student.
Additional Pathology learning experiences are available in the MIII and MIV 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:
Other Undergraduate Medical School Pathology Programs
- 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.
Pathology Honors & Awards
School of Medicine eCurriculum
Curriculum Innovation Resource Center (CIRC)
Pathology Resource Links