Clinical and surgical pathology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course provides students with the tools to learn the pathological basis of organ and apparatus diseases and to be able to integrate macroscopic changes, histological and cytological modifications and molecular alterations into the clinical picture. The course introduces the main diagnostic procedures in surgical pathology, the professional tasks, responsibilities and fields of activity of the pathologist. Teaching approach is strictly integrated with that applied in the pathology modules of the System Disease courses
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
-be acquainted with the most important diagnostic tools (exfoliative and aspirative cytology, histology, cytology, frozen section) and techniques (immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology) of the surgical pathology;
-be aware of the possible applications of such tools in preventive medicine (cytological and molecular screening), in clinical diagnostics and in the evaluation of prognostic and predictive parameters;
-be able to properly interpret and integrate in the clinic the information provided by the pathology report for an appropriate therapeutic decision-making process.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lectures will still take place in classreoom; if the students can't reach the building we might consider alternative ways.
Course syllabus
Lecture 1. Preneoplastic and pre-invasive lesions: A way to understand the development of tumours
Lecture 2. Inflammatory disorders of the skin
Lecture 3. Non-melanocytic tumours of the skin
Lecture 4. Melanocytic tumours of the skin
Lecture 5. Head and neck pathology
Lecture 6. Breast pathology - part 1
Lecture 7. Breast pathology - Part 2
Lecture 8. Breast pathology - Part 3
Lecture 9. Novelties on specific types of neuroendocrine tumours
Lecture 10. Pathology of the female genital tract: the cervix
Lecture 11. Pathology of the female genital tract: uterus
Lecture 12. Pathology of the female genital tract: the ovary
Lecture 13. Neoplastic diseases of the kidney and urinary bladder
Lecture 14. Pathology of the prostate
Lecture 15. Pathology of the testis
Lecture 16. Pathology of the adrenal gland and paraganglia
Lecture 17. Soft tissue and bone pathology
Lecture 18. Pathology of the mediastinum
Lecture 19. Tumours of the paediatric age
Lecture 20. Transplantation pathology
Lectures 21-22. Journal Club
Lecture 23-24. The pathology report
Prerequisites for admission
To take the Clinical and Surgical Pathology exam, students must have already passed all the exams of the first and second year (Fundamentals of Basic Sciences, Cells, Molecules and Genes 1 and 2, Human Body, Functions and Mechanisms of Diseases).
Teaching methods
Lectures, Journal club
Teaching Resources
· Robbins and Cotran. PATHOLOGIC BASIS OF DISEASE (9th Edition)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Student assessment is based on an oral examination concerning the topics discussed during the lectures.
The exam is deemed to be passed successfully if the final grade is equal to or higher than 18/30. In the event of a full grade (30/30) honors (lode) may be granted.
Registration to the exam through SIFA is mandatory.
MED/08 - PATHOLOGY - University credits: 2002
Lessons: 48 hours
By appointment
Monday 12.00-13.00
Interhospital Pathology Division, Science and Technology Park, Via Fantoli 16/15, 20138 Milano