Pathology 201: Introduction and Guidelines for Students (2013-2014)
Course Director: Paul F. Shanley, M.D.
Systemic Pathology is the second half of a two-year sequence in the basic science curriculum whose essence is the study of the pathologic basis of disease. General Pathology was part of the MS1 curriculum and comprises the first part of the Rubin's Pathology text. Expanding upon the systemic pathology component will be a series of mini-cases and discussions expanding the scope of the topics to include the pathophysiology of disease.
By the end of the course, successful students will achieve the level of competence in discussing disease expected of a medical student completing the MS2 year, studying for USMLE Step 1, and preparing for the MS3 year and patient care responsibilities through the following broad goals and objectives. Specific learning objectives for sessions will be included at the time of each section. Students will be expected to:
The list with the sessions for each unit is found on the "Schedule" tab on the website under "Study of Disease."
The Rubin’s Pathology text will be read in full. Chapters will be assigned as they are encountered in the organ systems. To that end, the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE), comprised of members from medical schools across the country who are involved in undergraduate pathology education, have collectively devised objectives for medical students for both General and Systemic Pathology. They are optional but may prove useful to you in assessing your understanding of the material in reading the chapters in Rubin's Pathology and in preparing for the NBME Subject Exam in Pathology and USMLE Step 1.
Paul Shanley, M.D.
Subject Leader: Renal
Subject Leader: Rheumatology
Subject Leader: Infection
Subject Leader: Neoplasia
Robert Corona, M.D.
Subject Leader: Neuro
Steve Landas, M.D.
Subject Leader: Gastroenterology
Subject Leader: Genitourinary
Subject Leader: Head & Neck
Subject Leader: Bone & Soft Tissue
Neerja Vajpayee, M.D.
Subject Leader: Hematopathology
Ola El-Zammar, M.D.
Subject Leader: Pulmonary
Robert Stoppacher, M.D.
Subject Leader: Cardiovascular
Laura Knight, M.D.
Subject Leader: Perinatal/Neonatal
Arthur Tatum, M.D., Ph.D.
Subject Leader: Endocrine
Kenneth Strumpf, M.D.
Subject Leader: OB/GYN
Pathoma and Goljan
Cheating (e.g, infractions outlined in the student honor code, such as utilizing unauthorized material or electronic devices for exams, etc.) will be actively monitored. If confirmed, an incident report will be submitted and the matter referred to the College of Medicine Professionalism Officer for possible further action.
The majority of class sessions will be videotaped; however, certain designated clinical correlations sessions may not be videotaped and will be announced ahead of time.
Most classes will begin with a formative clicker question to anticipate what the speaker will talk about and conclude with a formative clicker question to assess whether there is understanding of key points of the topic. Additional clicker questions to promote interactivity and engagement may be used.In the interest of fairness to all students, students should ask questions during class rather than waiting until after class.
Students must maintain a cumulative combined average of at least 70% to pass the Unit Examinations. Grades will be carried to two decimal places and will not be rounded; grades of 69.99% and below will be reported as a “Fail.” Unit scores will be posted to Blackboard following exam completion along with the class mean, median, standard deviation and grade distribution for the exercise. Unit examination questions will each count for one point and grades will be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of questions for the entire year.
* NOTE * Successful completion of the Unit Examination component is a prerequisite for taking the NBME Subject Examination in Pathology.
The NBME Subject Examination in Pathology will be graded as Pass/Fail and not factored into the numerical average. A score at the 7th percentile nationally or higher is required to pass the exam. Any student who achieves a score below the 7th percentile nationally will be reported as a “Fail.” Students will be provided with data on the class mean and grade distribution for the exercise.
How is Exemplary Performance Recognized?
Exceptional student performance in Pathology is recognized annually with the Association of Pathology Chairs Award, presented to the top-performing student and included in the Commencement program, and with recognition by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, awarded to the top 5% of the class.
Awarding of Deficient Grades Based on Academics
Students who do not pass the course will be evaluated by the Academic Review Board for a review of their entire academic record. The Course Director will submit a recommendation for remediation to the Academic Review Board who then approves or modifies the recommendation.
Awarding of Failing Grades
Students who fail the Unit Examinations component either singularly or in combination with other component will receive an overall grade of “Fail” for the course with the expectation that the student re-take the course.
Awarding of Conditional Grades
Students who fail only the NBME Subject Examination component of the course will receive a grade of “Conditional” for the course with the expectation that the student complete summer remedial work and re-take the exam. Failure of the NBME Subject Examination for a second time will result in a grade of “Conditional Fail” for the course with the expectation that the student re-take the course.
Grades of “Incomplete”
Students who receive an Incomplete in the course for missed work due to excused absences should contact the Course Director to devise a mutually agreeable timetable to complete missed tasks.
Awarding of Deficient Grades Due to Non-Academic Behavior
Students who are absent for an excused reason will be allowed to make-up one missed Unit Examination during the academic year with a make-up examination, which will likely be in a different format and may include an oral component. Absences beyond that will result in a grade of Incomplete and additional coursework beyond the make-up exam will be required. The timing of any make-up exams will be at the discretion of the Phase 1 Committee Chair.
Students who miss the NBME Subject Examination for an excused reason will be allowed to complete an equivalent make-up exam.
Students needing to withdraw from the course by the end of Unit 3 (November 18, 2013) will receive a grade of "W" for the course. After 50% of the course has been completed (start of Unit 4 on November 19, 2013 and beyond), a grade of "WP" or "WF" will be given depending on academic performance up to that point.