LSUSOM Pathology Curriculum

The pathology curriculum for medical students is presented in the nine system course blocks in the second year of medical school.  These blocks are:

  1. Foundations of Disease and Therapy
  2. Diseases and Therapy of the Neuropsychiatric System
  3. Diseases and Therapy of the Musculoskeletal and Dermatologic Systems
  4. Diseases and Therapy of the Hematologic System
  5. Diseases and Therapy of the Pulmonary and Upper Respiratory Systems
  6. Diseases and Therapy of the Cardiovascular System
  7. Diseases and Therapy of the Genitourinary System
  8. Diseases and Therapy of the Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
  9. Diseases and Therapy of the Gastrointestinal System

Pathology lectures include both anatomic and clinical pathology lectures.  Each block includes a Laboratory testing/Diagnostic toolbox lecture. Educational formats include didactic lectures as well as pre-recorded podcasted lectures posted to Moodle website with in-class clicker sessions for interactive learning.  Each block has at least on TBL session which includes Pathology content.  Block 4 – the Hematologic system is directed by Pathology faculty.  

Pathology content includes:

  • Block 1: Introduction to the laboratory; Acute Inflammation; Chronic Inflammation; Intracellular Accumulations & Pigements; Regeneration and Repair; and Neoplasia
  • Block 2: Laboratory testing of CSF; Neuronal Injury; Demyelinating Disease, Degenerative Disease, and CNS Tumors
  • Block 3: Musculoskeletal-Deramtology Lab Toolbox; Tumors of soft tissue, bone, & joints; and Skin Tumors
  • Block 4: (separate document)
  • Block 5: Pulmonary Lab Toolbox; Restrictive Lung Disease; Obstructive Lung Disease; Neoplasms of Upper and lower respiratory system
  • Block 6: Cardiovascular Disease Toolbox, Valvular Disease –Structural & Hemodynamic; Valvular Disease – Adaptation; Vasculitides/Autoimmune/ Connective Tissue Disease; and Cardiac Tumors
  • Block 7: Laboratory assessment of the renal system with urinalysis; Glomerular Disease; Acute Kidney Injury; and GU malignancies
  • Block 8: Lab assessment for Diabetes including lipids; Female reproductive disease including neoplasm; and Male reproductive disease including neoplasms
  • Block 9: Laboratory evaluation of the Upper GI and Pancreas; pathology of the oral cavity; pathology of esophagus and stomach; pathology of the liver; and pathology of the pancreas and biliary tract.