Pathology as a subject deals with study of human diseases. It forms the bridge between Pre Clinical & Clinical Sciences. It is to do with the application of advances in basic biological sciences, understand the nature and evaluation of each disease in detail.
The Department of Pathology helps students advance their knowledge of pathological conditions. The Department utilizes advanced systems for routine and specialized diagnosis and students are encouraged to refer to the vast collection of CDs and slides. Computers and Binocular Microscopes with CCTV further aid students in the learning process.
The Department of Pathology imparts theoretical and practical training to the II MBBS students. The subject of Pathology deals with the understanding of disease processes, disease evolution and consequences of the same. It deals with Laboratory diagnosis, correlating clinical features with laboratory findings, and interpretation of laboratory investigation results. It teaches the students in the performing basic investigation procedures and tests.
The students who have completed the basic sciences namely Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry get to learn in Pathology, altered structure, altered – function and changes in the biochemical parameters. This helps in understanding of diseases. Pathology is the backbone of clinical medicine.
The curriculum centers around Histopathology, Hematology, cytology along with clinical Pathology. The diagnostic wing in the hospital offers services under these categories.
The department is well equipped with necessary infrastructure especially adequate specimens for museum, slides for study, audio-visual aids and department library. All these are put to maximum use for creating an exemplary learning environment, as we patronize the concept of “Pathology in pictures”.
The entire armamentarium includes state-of-the-art imported microscopes, microtomes, automatic cell counters and computerized diagnostic facility.
Our department has highly qualified and experienced teaching faculty. The department follows the strict regimes of teaching as laid down by Medical Council of India and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. There is a holistic approach to the understanding of clinical medicine and basic sciences. The students are encouraged to develop a scientific temper and inquiring mind in understanding the clinical challenges/clinical situations. This will result in producing doctors with humane approach and apply evidence based medicine for the patient community.
The department has two wings namely college and hospital services. The undergraduate students’ theory classes and practicals are held in the college building. We a have large lecture halls provided with LCD projectors, overhead projectors and black boards. Demonstration rooms are also provided for specimen demonstration and instruments. Practical halls are fully equipped. Further laboratory tables and dedicated microscopes are provided for the students for lessons in haematology, cytology and histopathology. The department has a well stocked pathology museum to teach the medical students. The service laboratory of pathology, in the hospital, functions round the clock as part of the Pathology Department to provide the services for both inpatients and out patients of Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital. The Haematology section has haematology automated cell counter for routine and clinical investigations. Clinical Pathology, Cytology and histopathology are fully equipped. Pap smears are done daily. The FNAC are also done daily for all patients when indicated. Histopathology section provides biopsy diagnosis for patients along with Frozen section facilities and Immunohistochemistry. We also receive medico-legal autopsies from Forensic Medicine Department for histological diagnosis whenever needed. The department takes active part in clinic-pathological conferences with the clinical departments. The Blood Bank is attached to the department which provides the necessary blood / blood components for transfusion to patients.
The students of this college won the third prize in the State Level Pathology Quiz at Davangere in 2009.
The curriculum is as per the RGUHS directive and meets the requirements of Medical Council of India for II MBBS. Apart from lectures, practicals and demonstration in the subject by the faculty, the graduate program includes tutorials and seminars involving active student participation. The theory classes comprise 120 hrs of lecture and practical classes comprise 144 hrs for 72 sessions of 2 hours each.