Pathology

Curriculum

The Assistant in Pathology program integrates both didactic and clinical phases spanning 20 months. The didactic phase incorporates traditional classroom interaction with clinical and pathological skills development.

Graduates are required to pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam to practice as certified Pathologists’ Assistant. The (ASCP) offers the certification exam for pathologists’ assistants who graduated from NAACLS accredited programs. The ASCP certificate is valid for three years, renewal is through the ASCP Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and is predicated on continuous medical education (CME). For more information about certification and maintenance programs, please visit: https://www.ascp.org/

MSBS-ASSISTANT IN PATHOLOGY PROGRAM

2018 – 2020 Curriculum

Fall Semester (Year I)
Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
ANAT 5000
ANATOMY FOR PHYSICIAN aSSISTANTS
5
PHSL 5050
Human Physiology
3
PATH 6060
Intro Surgical Pathology - didactic
3
PATH 6080
Intro Postmortem Pathology (Hospital + Forensic) - didactic
3
 
 
14
Spring Semester (Year I)
Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
PHYA 6050
Ethics for PA Profession
2
PATH 6060
Intro Surgical Pathology - Clinical
3
PATH 7130
Path Case Studies Part-1
6
PATH 6080
Intro Postmortem Pathology (Hospital + Forensic) - Clinical
3
 
 
14
Summer  Semester (Year I)
Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
PATH 6890
Independent Study in Pathology (LIS, Lab management)
4
PATH 6060
Intro Surgical Pathology - Clinical
3
PATH 6080
Intro Postmortem Pathology (Hospital + Forensic) - clinical
3
 
 
10
Fall Semester (Year II)
Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
PATH 6790*
Histology and Cell Physiology
2
PATH 7130
Pathology Case Studies Part-2
2
INDI 6980
Scholarly Project
3
PATH 6070
Intro Clinical Lab Medicine
2
 
 
9
Spring Semester (Year II)
Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
INDI 6980*
Embryology and Teratology
1
PATH 6790*
Histology and Cell Physiology
2
PATH 7130
Pathology Case Studies Part-2
2
INDI 6980
Scholarly Project
3
 
 
8

*Course number is pending approval

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Assistant in Pathology coursework is required for graduation. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 during any semester will be placed on academic probation. A full-time student on academic probation will have one or at most two semesters (excluding summer) to meet the cumulative GPA standard. A student failing to meet the standard will be subject to dismissal. A grade of C is the minimum passing grade for graduate courses.

To continue in Assistant in Pathology program, students must maintain the minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on every course and successfully complete the clinical rotation in surgical and autopsy pathology.

Course Description:

ANAT 5000- Anatomy for Physician Assist: 5 Credits
Provides students with a working knowledge of the major anatomical regions and structures. Emphasis placed on the relationships of components as well as topographical and functional anatomy. Case studies will be utilized.

PHSL 5050: Human Physiology: 3 Credits
Course Catalogue description:
This course addresses cellular, regulatory and organ system physiology including blood and immune system, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal reproductive and endocrine physiology.

PATH 6060:  Intro Surgical Pathology: 3 Credits
Course Catalogue description:
Introduces students to surgical pathology and cytology including gross evaluation of tissues, tissue processing and microscopic evaluation of diseased human tissues to render a diagnosis, recommend treatment and evaluate prognosis. In addition, students will attend and/or present case materials at conferences.

Course Description:
This course introduces students to surgical pathology including tissue gross evaluation, dissection, description, and microscopic evaluation. This course covers a wide variety of topics including but not limited to laboratory safety, medical terminology, concepts in histology processing, and concepts in immunohistochemistry. The course provides supervised training on frozen sections, manual and surgical saw, submission of tissue for ancillary studies such as electron microscopy, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and gross and microscopic slides photography. Moreover, students will be involved in keeping enough supplies in the gross room and update the maintenance charts. In this course, students will present cases and a project using the educational methodology, attend tumor board meeting and will help residents in preparing the necessary material including photos for gross and microscopic slides.

PATH 6080:  Intro Postmortem Pathology: 3 Credits (Hospital and Forensics)
Course Catalogue description:
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the autopsy. It consists of a series of lectures, demonstrations, and readings pertaining to the human autopsy. Students will be involved in the actual performance of autopsies, the selection of appropriate tissues for microscopic examination, microscopic examination of tissues, rendering a diagnosis and completing autopsy reports. The autopsies are performed at MCO and the Lucas County Coroner's Office.

Course Description:
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the autopsy. It consists of a series of lectures, demonstrations, and readings pertaining to the human autopsy. The students will be involved in the actual performance of autopsies. Both forensic and hospital cases will be trained on how to perform a complete evisceration including the head and neck and they are evaluated by the attending pathologist as well as the autopsy assistants. The evaluation includes assessment of their anatomy knowledge as well as their technical skills.

PHYA 6050: Ethics for PA Profession: 2 Credit hours
Course Catalogue description: 
This course provides the foundation for ethics in the primary care clinical setting. Analyze common bioethical issues confronting physician assistants, and give the student the opportunity to share their experiences with peers.

PATH 7130:  Pathology Case Studies Part-1: 6 Credit hours
Course Catalogue description:
Present, discuss and provide clinical pathologic correlation in various disease processes. Interpret lab tests related to various diseases. Utilize laboratory testing to diagnose and manage various diseases. Interact professionally with peers in the discussion of the cases.

Course Description:
Students meet daily; three clinical cases are presented by students; all students participate in the discussion of cases as well as related learning issues. Each student must present at least 8 cases per 4-week rotation.

PATH 7130:  Pathology Case Studies Part-2: 2 Credit hours
Course Catalogue description:
Present, discuss and provide clinical pathologic correlation in various disease processes. Interpret lab tests related to various diseases. Utilize laboratory testing to diagnose and manage various diseases. Interact professionally with peers in the discussion of the cases.

Course Description:
A course designed to acquaint the students with the basic concepts of general and system-based pathology using weekly small group sessions to discuss pathology cases and review digital images related to the system we are studying.
Students also will learn about the concepts of molecular biology and the application of molecular diagnostic in the pathology field. Exposure will focus on Sample Specific requirements when using various molecular methods, such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and associated downstream molecular applications, including direct sequence analysis with both Sanger and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques.  Directed reading, formal discussion, informal teaching opportunities will help the students become familiar with current and developing approaches and concepts employed in clinical genomics. 
In addition to pathology and molecular biology, students will learn the basic language and concepts in informatics and their use in the healthcare setting.

PATH 6890: Independent Study in Pathology: 4 Credits
Course Catalogue description:
Intensive study in the field of interest, including theoretical and experimental work. May be repeated for credit.

Course Description:
This course provides the student an opportunity to do intensive study in the field of interest, including theoretical and experimental aspects. The pre-rotation assignment will be agreed upon between instructor and student to include the review of recent literature related to student’s chosen field of training and submission of a weekly manuscript related to the topic(s) agreed upon.

PATH 6790*:  Histology and Cell Physiology: 2 Credits
Course Description:
This course is intended to introduce histologic techniques including tissue fixation, processing, staining, microtomy, and the special techniques of histochemistry and immunocytochemistry for light microscopy; in addition, basic optics and the use of the bright field, phase contrast, and fluorescence microscopy will be address. The course will integrate microscopic anatomy.
The course is intended to integrate microscopic anatomy with tissue-specific physiology. The course schedule is designed to meld with the disease content of the organ systems of the medical school curriculum to provide a basis of normal microscopic anatomy (histology) and specific functions of organ-specific cell types. There is a strong emphasis on the independent study of cell physiology to accompany didactic presentations of the microscopic anatomy including utilization of virtual tissue slides. 
*Course number is pending approval

INDI 6980: Scholarly Project: 3 Credits
Course/Catalogue Description:
This course provides an opportunity for the student to develop an in-depth scholarly project to fulfill the research requirements of the Master of Science in Biomedical Science (MSBS) degree program.  This course may be repeated for credit. 

PATH 6070:  Intro Clinical Lab Medicine: 2 Credits
Course Catalogue description:
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the laboratory tests that are available in the clinical laboratory, prioritization of test ordering, how the tests are performed and their usefulness in clinical diagnosis and clinical investigation.

Course Description:
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the laboratory tests that are available in the clinical laboratory, prioritization of test ordering, how the tests are performed and their usefulness in clinical diagnosis and clinical investigation. Students will rotate through hematology, chemistry, transfusion services, immunology, and microbiology in the Department of Pathology, and attend departmental conferences and lectures provided during the rotation.  Attend various interdisciplinary conferences as assigned.  Additionally, the course incorporates instructions in laboratory information system, laboratory safety, and ASCP online course in laboratory management.

INDI 6980*: Embryology and Teratology:  1 Credit
Course/Catalogue Description:
This 1 credit hour course is designed to lay foundational knowledge of early human embryonic and fetal development, and occurrence of birth defects resulting from genetic and environmental causes. A basic understanding of early molecular and cellular basis of normal and abnormal embryonic and fetal development is fundamental to understanding the dilemma of birth defects and fetal antecedents of disease susceptibility.  Furthermore, understanding human pre-implantation development has important implications for human infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART), and for human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-based therapies.
* Course number is pending approval

CLINICAL ROTATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO MEDICAL CENTER (UTMC):
Since 1964, The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) has been serving the health needs of the Toledo community. Established as a teaching hospital to train the future physicians and medical professionals of the greater Toledo region, UTMC remains dedicated to providing advanced care and healing in a patient-centered environment.  With access to the latest clinical trials and medical research, we are committed to teaching the next generation of health-care professionals.

Each year, more than 300,000 people rely on The UTMC to care for their health needs. By offering best-in-class specialties, better outcomes and expert physicians, nurses and medical technicians in a superior continuum of care, UTMC has played a vital role in the health and healing of the Toledo region for decades. And we’ll continue to play this role in the future.

Our Mission
The mission of The University of Toledo Medical Center is to improve the human condition by providing patient-centered, university-quality care.

Recent Recognitions
Because UTMC is focused on advanced care and healing for our patients, we are proud of our recent and continuing accomplishments.

  • Consumer Reports: recognized in 2016 as one of the highest-scoring U.S. teaching hospitals at preventing central-line infections between 2011-2015.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review: one of the 100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs
  • Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons: 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association: 2015 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation: 2016 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality 

 LUCAS COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE (LCCO):
Students rotate in the Lucas County Coroner’s Office (LCCO) where they directly involved in both medical and forensic autopsies. The coroner’s office is located at 2595 Arlington Ave. Toledo, OH 43614, and it is within a walking distance to the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC). The Lucas County Coroner’s Office is fully accredited by National Association of Medical Examiner (NAME) and follows all the NAME bylaws, rules, regulations and postmortem guidelines as outlined by the NAME Forensic Autopsy Performance Standards. 

During the clinical Rotation, supervised students rotate through gross surgical pathology laboratory and the frozen section where they directly involved in patient care in the UTMC surgical pathology lab.

Students will also be attending autopsy dissection sessions in the simulation center, attending tumor board meeting, and sign-out meeting for both surgical and autopsy cases. The students can form the basis of the professional adaptation to the role and functions of a Pathologists’ Assistant. 

Last Updated: 2/27/18