PATH5132 Advanced Anatomical Pathology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a broad overview of systemic pathology as a basis for understanding the factors that predispose humans to disease, particularly those which require tissue analysis by the referral of clinical diagnostic biopsy material to the anatomical pathology laboratory for diagnosis. The unit builds upon the knowledge gained in PATH5131 Anatomical Pathology, with students acquiring practical skills in the transfer of tissue samples for histology and ancillary studies, including the ability to identify, orient, describe and select tissue samples required by pathologists for diagnosis and prognostic assessment.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate microscopic assessment of tissues including the preparation of specimen slides using immunocytochemical and various histochemical techniques (enzymatic and non-enzymatic); (2) explain the pathogenesis, morphology and clinical laboratory manifestations of disease processes at organ and whole-body level; (3) accurately observe, describe and interpret diseased tissue; (4) describe the significance of tissue morphology in recognising disease processes; (5) describe various structural lesions in the samples provided and discuss the pathogenetic processes present and, wherever possible, arrive at a diagnosis; and (6) correlate patient clinical history with observations of the diseased tissue.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) worksheets; (2) stained slide sets (non-quantitative pass/fail assessment); (3) written assignments; and (4) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nathan Harvey and Dr Clayton Fragall
Unit rules
PATH5131 Anatomical Pathology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/labs/workshops: 4-5 hours per week.
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