Discipline of Pathology

The Discipline of Pathology, University of Sydney, has a number of roles:

  • The teaching of Pathology to Medical and Dental students
  • The teaching of courses in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medical Science degrees
  • The supervision of Honours, Masters and Doctoral students
  • Carrying out research across a range of subjects
  • Carrying out clinical work
  • Maintaining the Interactive Centre for Human Diseases (Pathology Museum)
  • Various types of Community Service

The Discipline of Pathology is responsible for Pathology teaching in the University of Sydney Medical Program (about 220 students each year), which is a 4 year Graduate program in Medicine open to students who have already completed a degree in another discipline. Most teaching is carried out on the main University campus in Years 1 and 2 of the USydMP, with some teaching being done in the Clinical Schools in Years 3 and 4.

The Discipline teaches in the 2nd Year of the Bachelor of Medical Science degree. The Discipline of Pathology is solely responsible for teaching "Pathogenesis of Human Disease 1 and 2" (CPAT3202 & CPAT3202), an optional Unit of Study offered in the BMedSc and BSc degrees.

Teaching has traditionally been a high priority of the Discipline and this, together with close staff/student inter-relationships, has resulted in high academic achievements. The Discipline has always achieved high ratings in formal and informal student feedback on its teaching.

The Discipline offers research supervision of BSc(Med)(Hons), BSc(Dent)(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BMedSc(Hons) projects, as well as research opportunities for graduate students to pursue higher degrees (MM, MSc(Med), MSc, MSc(Dent), PhD).

The Discipline of Pathology is located on the Camperdown campus in the Blackburn Building, adjacent to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Venues for undergraduate lecturing include the Bosch Lecture Theatres, in an adjacent building, together with a practical classroom located on the 5th level of the Blackburn Building. Also on the 5th floor are laboratories; offices; classrooms; and the Interactive Centre for Human Diseases, which displays approximately 1,600 pathological specimens. Specimens are used as invaluable aids for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The Neuropathology Unit is involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It provides a clinical service for all hospitals throughout New South Wales. The Unit maintains a close liaison with the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Glebe.

Research is well served by facilities such as flow cytometer and laser capture microdissection apparatus (shared facilities); morphometry equipment; confocal microscopy; and an extensive range of capabilities for research based on tissue culture, molecular biology and biochemical analysis. A histopathology laboratory produces high quality sections for research, student teaching, and autopsy and neuropathology reporting. A molecular pathology laboratory was commissioned in 1994.