84393 - Introduction to Anatomic Pathology

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Recognize the critical role of anatomic pathology in the diagnosis, grading and staging of disease. Describe the skills and methodologies associated with diagnostic surgical pathology, cytopathology, molecular pathology and autopsy pathology. Understand the role of the anatomic pathologist on the health care team and the relationship of anatomic pathology to other clinical disciplines.

Course contents

Anatomic Pathology, its history and why it is important




The branches of Anatomic Pathology: surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, cytopathology, molecular pathology

Techniques and methods in Anatomic Pathology


Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (Robbins Pathology) or equivalent Pathology textbook

Sherwin Bernard Nuland. Doctors: The Biography of Medicine (New York: Knopf) ISBN 0-679-76009-1

Teaching methods

Slide supported lectures with interactive discussion

Assessment methods

Final evaluation will be performed by means of a joint test on all topics covered in the integrated course. The test will be based on 40 multiple choice questions (4 available aswers, only one is correct). In general, at least 5 questions from each different teaching module will be included in the test. The exam is passed (score 18) when at least 24 questions are correctly answered. When all the questions are answered correctly the final score will be 30, with honours

Teaching tools

The teaching material discussed during the lectures will be made available through the designated University of Bologna websites. Access is reserved to Bologna University students.

Office hours

See the website of Giovanni Tallini