The purpose of postgraduate (PG) education in Pathology is to train and develop specialists who can provide high-quality healthcare and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge through research and training. This program aims to standardize Pathology teaching at the postgraduate level nationwide, ensuring uniformity in education and producing skilled professionals with the appropriate expertise.

The PG curriculum in Pathology focuses on equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle and process various samples in histopathology, clinical pathology, microbiology, biochemistry, and transfusion medicine. The students are trained in the general principles and methodologies of these disciplines, allowing them to effectively analyze and interpret diagnostic samples.

To achieve the defined outcomes of the program, this document serves as a guideline for both teachers and learners. It has been prepared by subject-content specialists, and the Reconciliation Board of the Academic Committee has strived to maintain uniformity without compromising the purpose and content of the document. While some compromises have been made in terms of syntax to preserve the document's purpose and content, the domains of learning, categorized as "competencies," have been retained.

The document provides a framework for educators to structure their teaching methodologies and assessments, ensuring that students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills outlined in the defined competencies. By following these guidelines, teachers can maintain a consistent and standardized approach to Pathology education, ultimately benefiting the students and the field as a whole.

Additionally, learners can utilize this document as a reference to understand the expectations and requirements of the program. It serves as a roadmap for their learning journey, helping them align their studies and assessments with the defined competencies.

Overall, the purpose of this document is to establish a clear framework for PG education in Pathology, enabling the creation of well-trained specialists who can provide high-quality healthcare services, contribute to scientific research, and meet the needs of the healthcare system.

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Program Objectives:

 

  • Train medical graduates to become specialists in the field of pathology.

  • Provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of diseases through the examination of tissues, organs, and body fluids.

  • Develop skills in the analysis, interpretation, and diagnosis of pathological changes at the cellular and tissue levels.

  • Equip students with the ability to perform and interpret various laboratory tests and investigations related to pathology.

  • Foster research skills to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in pathology.

  • Promote an understanding of the principles and methodologies used in histopathology, clinical pathology, microbiology, biochemistry, and transfusion medicine.

  • Prepare students to handle and process different types of specimens, including fine needle aspirations and autopsies.

  • Enhance communication and collaboration skills with healthcare professionals for effective patient care.

  • Encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities in the context of pathology.

  • Foster ethical and professional conduct in all aspects of pathology practice.

  • Prepare students for further specialization, academic pursuits, or leadership roles in pathology

 

The Team:

 

S.No FACULTY NAME  DESIGNATION
1 DR. NAVNEET NATH PROFESSOR & HOD
2 DR. SWATI SINGH PROFESSOR
3 DR. REENA AGGARWAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
4 DR. VINAY SHARMA ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
5 DR. NEERAJ KUMAR ARYA ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
6 DR. PRIYA BHARDWAJ ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
7 DR. SAUMYA GUPTA ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
8 DR. MANSI JAIN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
9 DR. GULZAR ALI ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
10 DR. RICHA SHARMA ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
11 DR. RAJEEV GOEL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

   

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Assessment:

 

There shall be four theory papers:

Paper I: General Pathology, Pathophysiology, Immunopathology and Cytopathology

Paper II: Systemic Pathology

Paper III: Hematology, Transfusion Medicine (Blood Banking) and Laboratory Medicine

Paper IV: Recent advances and applied aspects

 

Practicals/Clinical and Oral/viva voce Examination:

 

I. Clinical Pathology

II. Haematology

III. Transfusion Medicine

IV. Histopathology: 

V. Autopsy

VI. Gross Pathology

VII. Basic Sciences

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS: 

 

In the MD Pathology program, students are involved in a variety of activities to enhance their learning and practical skills. These activities include:

 

  • Collection of specimens, including performing Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) of lumps.

  • Grossing of specimens, which involves the macroscopic examination and dissection of tissues.

  • Participation in autopsies to understand the postmortem examination process.

  • Discussion and case analysis during routine activities, such as signing out of cases.

  • Presentation and work-up of cases, including the identification of special stains and ancillary procedures required for diagnosis.

  • Participation in clinico-pathological conferences, where clinical cases are discussed in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

  • Intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences for case discussions and knowledge sharing.

  • Attendance at conferences, seminars, and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs to stay updated with the latest advancements in the field.

  • Journal Club participation, where students review and discuss research articles.

  • Special Lectures

  • Seminar (Departmental)

  • Morbid Anatomy Specimen Discussion

  • Presentation and review of their own research work.

  • Posters, papers, and research presentations at national/state conferences.

  • Participation in workshops, conferences, and paper presentations to enhance knowledge and skills.

  • Laboratory work, including hands-on experience with equipment and techniques.

  • Maintenance of records and log books to document the work done during training.

  • Involvement in teaching and training undergraduate students and interns.

  • Encouragement of e-learning activities within the department.

These activities provide a well-rounded education and practical experience to MD Pathology students, enabling them to develop their diagnostic skills, research capabilities, and communication abilities.

 

Career Prospective: 

 

The career prospects for individuals with an MD in Pathology are diverse and offer a range of opportunities in various sectors. Here are some of the potential career paths for MD Pathology graduates:

 

Clinical Practice: Many MD Pathology graduates choose to work as clinical pathologists in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, or private clinics. They specialize in diagnosing diseases by examining patient samples such as tissues, blood, and other bodily fluids. Clinical pathologists play a vital role in patient care and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Academic and Research Positions: MD Pathology graduates can pursue careers in academia and research. They can work as faculty members in medical colleges and universities, conducting research, teaching pathology to medical students, and mentoring aspiring pathologists. They may also engage in scientific research, exploring new diagnostic techniques, studying disease mechanisms, and contributing to advancements in the field.

Pathology Administration: Some MD Pathology professionals take on administrative roles within pathology departments. They oversee laboratory operations, quality control, and management of diagnostic services. Pathology administrators ensure smooth functioning of the department, adherence to regulatory guidelines, and effective utilization of resources.

Forensic Pathology: MD Pathology graduates with a specialization in forensic pathology can work as forensic pathologists, conducting autopsies and determining the cause and manner of death in medico-legal cases. They may collaborate with law enforcement agencies, provide expert testimony in court, and contribute to forensic investigations.

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries: MD Pathology professionals can find opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. They may work in research and development, clinical trials, or drug safety and pharmacovigilance. Their expertise in pathology enables them to contribute to drug discovery, development, and evaluation processes.

Public Health: MD Pathology graduates can contribute to public health initiatives by working in government health departments, public health agencies, or non-profit organizations. They may be involved in disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, epidemiological studies, and implementation of public health programs.

Consultancy: Experienced MD Pathology professionals may establish their own consultancy firms, providing specialized diagnostic and consulting services to healthcare institutions, laboratories, or legal entities. They may offer expertise in areas such as histopathology, cytopathology, or molecular pathology.

Global Health and Medical Missions: Some MD Pathology professionals choose to work in underserved areas or participate in medical missions to provide pathology services in resource-limited settings. They contribute to disease diagnosis, public health initiatives, and capacity building in communities with limited access to healthcare.

Overall, the career prospects for MD Pathology graduates are vast and varied. They can pursue clinical practice, research, teaching, administration, forensic pathology, industry roles, public health, consultancy, and contribute to global health initiatives. The field of pathology offers opportunities for professional growth, specialization, and making a significant impact on patient care and public health.