The Department of Pathology offers education and training for a broad range of students, from undergraduates through postgraduate fellows and researchers. It provides basic pathology courses to health sciences students; a clinical training program for clinical laboratory scientists; a Master of Science program in pathology; residency training programs leading to American Board of Pathology certification in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology; fellowship training in pathology subspecialties; and postdoctoral research training in cellular and molecular pathology.

Undergraduate Education

Pathology courses are a major component of the University's program in Medical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science program that trains medical laboratory scientists; see Medical Laboratory Science in the Catalog.

Postgraduate Training

The Department of Pathology offers postgraduate clinical fellowship programs in hematopathology, transfusion medicine, clinical microbiology, cytopathology, molecular genetics pathology, and surgical pathology for physicians who have completed residency training in pathology. These fellowships consist of one to two years of diagnostic work and research.

The department provides postdoctoral research training in immunology, neuropathology, apoptosis, cancer biology, and clinical microbiology as well as in other areas of cellular and molecular pathology. These positions are open to individuals who have earned a Ph.D. or an M.D.

Graduate Program of Study

Major

The department provides five to seven 12-month fellowships for M.D. students (pathology externship), for students interested in careers as pathologists, and the Emory Warner Fellowship, a full-time research position in a facet of experimental pathology. It also offers clerkships for M.D. students in all areas of anatomical and clinical pathology.

The department offers 20 residency positions in pathology, which provide up to four years of training. Patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System are integral to the residency programs.

Residents gain experience in systematic rotation through the varied laboratory services, including surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, neuropathology, dermatopathology, cytology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, immunopathology, molecular pathology, and transfusion medicine. They also have the opportunity to pursue one or two years of additional fellowship training in many pathology subspecialties. To learn more, see Education on the Department of Pathology website.

The Department of Pathology is well-equipped to carry out the sophisticated technology of modern cellular and molecular pathology. It administers more than 90,000 square feet of clinical laboratories at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and has individual research and core facility laboratories, including histopathology and laser capture microscopy for cellular and molecular pathology research, in the Medical Research Center, Medical Laboratories, and at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Also available are Carver College of Medicine research facilities for nucleic acid chemistry, hybridoma production, flow cytometry, ultrastructural studies, protein structure, image analysis, electron spin resonance, mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and laboratory animal care.

Pathology Courses

PATH:4150 Advanced Laboratory Practice0-6 s.h.

Advanced laboratory practical skills. Requirements: acceptance to Medical Laboratory Science Program.

PATH:4151 MLS Program Registration0 s.h.

Requirements: admission to Medical Laboratory Science Program.

PATH:4152 MLS Theory, Application, and Correlation0-5 s.h.

Theory, application, and correlation of medical laboratory science. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4154 Clinical Chemistry I0-3 s.h.

Theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures; correlation of laboratory data with diagnosis of disease. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4155 Clinical Chemistry II0-3 s.h.

Advanced theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures; correlation of laboratory data with diagnosis of disease. Prerequisites: PATH:4154.

PATH:4156 Clinical Hematology I0-4 s.h.

Introduction to theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures; correlation of laboratory data with disease diagnosis. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4157 Clinical Hematology II0-3 s.h.

Advanced theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures; correlation of laboratory data with disease diagnosis. Prerequisites: PATH:4156.

PATH:4158 Clinical Microbiology I0-4 s.h.

Introduction to theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification, and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4159 Clinical Microbiology II0-3 s.h.

Advanced theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification, and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. Prerequisites: PATH:4158.

PATH:4160 Clinical Immunology0-1 s.h.

Theory, application, and evaluation of immunological components, principles, and methodologies used to assess immune dysfunction; theory and application of molecular diagnostic tools. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4162 Clinical Immunohematology I0-3 s.h.

Introduction to theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of blood bank procedures required for storage and transfusion of blood and blood components. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4163 Clinical Immunohematology II0-3 s.h.

Clinical immunohematology for laboratory science. Prerequisites: PATH:4162.

PATH:4164 Phlebotomy for Clinical Laboratory Science0-1 s.h.

Theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of procedures used in collecting, handling, and processing blood specimens. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4166 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis0-1 s.h.

Theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of procedures used in analyzing urine and other body fluids, including cerebrospinal, synovial, serous, and amniotic fluids. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4170 Clinical Laboratory Management I0-2 s.h.

Theory, practical application, technical performance, and evaluation of laboratory management principles and associated models; critical thinking, problem solving, leadership skills. Prerequisites: PATH:4150.

PATH:4171 Clinical Laboratory Management II0-3 s.h.

Advanced theory, application, technical performance, and evaluation of laboratory management principles and associated models; critical thinking, problem solving, leadership skills. Prerequisites: PATH:4170.

PATH:4172 Molecular Biology Methods0-1 s.h.

Introduction to theory, practical application, and evaluation of molecular biology methods.

PATH:4173 Evidenced-Based Laboratory Medicine1 s.h.

Evidenced-based laboratory medicine is introduced and compared to other forms of research; students cover clinical study design, implementation, and dissemination of results. Requirements: acceptance to Medical Laboratory Sciences Program.

PATH:4174 Medical Mycology and Parasitology1 s.h.

Exploration of fungi and parasites as they relate to disease in humans; topics include clinical signs and symptoms of disease process, specimen collection and processing, modes of transmission, and methods of identification. Requirements: acceptance to Medical Laboratory Sciences Program.

PATH:5260 Translational Histopathology3 s.h.

Didactic sessions on human comparative histology, molecular and cellular pathology, and animal model applications; laboratory sessions on microscopy, histology, histotechnology, and immunohistochemistry, with group discussions of model papers; experience in scientific writing and oral presentation skills; for students who plan to investigate experimental models of human disease.

PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases3 s.h.

Critical analysis of pathogenesis models in a series of major human diseases; clinical presentation, analysis of cellular and molecular events leading to the disease, discussion of key papers. Offered spring semesters of even years. Prerequisites: BISC:5201 and BISC:5203. Same as IGPI:5270.

PATH:6220 Seminar in Pathology1 s.h.

Current research and literature. Requirements: pathology graduate standing.

PATH:7001 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer3 s.h.

Fundamental aspects of oncology at the cellular and molecular levels; mechanisms of cancer initiation and progression, oncogene action, DNA damage and repair, carcinogenesis by radiation, chemicals, viruses; tumor immunology, anticancer therapies. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Requirements: strong basic science background. Same as FRRB:7001.

PATH:7211 Research in Pathologyarr.

Basic aspects of pathology or clinical patient material; emphasis on experimental design, methods, literature review, obtaining formal answers to specific questions. Requirements: M.D. enrollment or graduate standing.

PATH:8007 Medical Student Fellowships in Pathology (Externships)0 s.h.

First-hand experience in autopsy, surgical and clinical pathology, teaching, and research to further understanding of disease mechanisms, normal and pathologic anatomy, laboratory use.

PATH:8008 Warner Fellowship in Experimental Pathology0 s.h.

One-year, full-time membership in established research laboratory in the Department of Pathology or collaborating laboratory. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

PATH:8133 Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4 s.h.

Human disease; basic disease processes, organ-related and multisystem diseases; case analysis. Offered fall semesters.

PATH:8301 Laboratory Medicine in Clinical Practicearr.

Issues in appropriate use of clinical laboratory and pathology resources in the primary care setting; case-based approach. Requirements: third- or fourth-year M.D. enrollment.

PATH:8401 Autopsy Pathology Clerkshiparr.

PATH:8402 Hematopathology Clerkshiparr.

PATH:8403 Surgical Pathology Clerkshiparr.

PATH:8404 Blood Bank Clerkshiparr.

PATH:8498 Pathology On Campusarr.

PATH:8499 Pathology Off Campusarr.