INTER-DISCIPLINARY PATHOLOGICAL ANATOMY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The Module of Multi-disciplinary Surgical Pathology is part of the Integrated Course of Surgical Pathology.
The Module aims to guide the student to understand the relevance of laboratory, imaging and clinical correlations in the study pathology and of a multi-disciplinary approach in the diagnosis of diseases.
In order to favor a global approach to the study of diseases, the discussion of elementary pathological lesions or patterns of lesions will be integrated with physio-pathological data and radiological and clinical information. These notions will be further enforced during the study of specific clinical disciplines.
The knowledge acquired will allow the student to better comprehend the pathological bases of diseases and the role of pathology in the current integrated approach to the diagnosis, the prognosis and the prediction of therapeutic responses.
The student will be asked to integrate the notions provided in other parts of the Integrated Course of Surgical Pathology to the understanding of;
• the clinical and radiological correlations of diseases;
• the relevance of diagnostic algorithms that integrate multiple sources of data;
• the role of pathology in the modern evidence-based medicine.
At the end of the Module, the student will be able to integrate the knowledge provided with that of other disciplines to:
• correctly prescribe a pathological analysis;
• interpret a pathological diagnosis into the appropriate clinical context;
• detect potential diagnostic errors.
Basic notions of anatomy, histology and general pathology.
Course contents summary
The lessons will address selected topics of the Integrated Course of Surgical Pathology by multi-disciplinary approach. The topics will be representative of either major clinical problems or diseases in which the integration of multiple sources of information is required for the diagnosis. Relevant examples are the radiological-pathological correlations of pulmonary interstitial diseases and bone tumors or the diagnostic algorithms for pre-neoplastic cervico-vaginal lesions or breast nodules.
Basic clinical-pathological and radiological-pathological correlations are required for any disease. These will be especially examined in a multi-disciplinary approach in the following topics:
• clinical and radiological correlations of CNS tumors;
• diagnosis of CNS infections
• diagnosi of thyroid nodules;
• diagnosis of breast nodules;
• radiological correlations in lung interstitial diseases;
• diagnosis of lung nodules,
• diagnosis of intra-hepatic bile ducts diseases;
• radiological correlations of bone tumors;
• diagnosis of cervical pre-neoplasia;
• diagnosis of vaginal bleedings;
• functioning tumors of the ovary;
• diagnosis of skin pigmented lesions.
Robbins & Cotran, Pathologic basis of diseases, Elsevier, 8° Ed. (specific chapters).
Rubin, Pathology, Mosby 2006 (specific chapters).
Lessons and seminars will be given during the course. Texts, diagrams, pathological, radiological and clinical images and practical examples will be used to guide the student into the understanding of the different clinic-pathological entities.
Assessment methods and criteria
The program of the Module will be evaluated during the oral interview of the Integrated Course of Surgical Pathology (see)