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department of pathology and laboratory medicine

Medical and Dental Student Education Programs

 

Medical Education Program

MD/PhD Program

Dental Education Program

 

Medical Education Program

 

This second-year course introduces medical students to the scientific study of human diseases.  The goals of the course are for the students to:

 

  • Know the scientific concepts that make up the current understanding of basic processes (such as cell injury, inflammation and repair, neoplasia) that underlie all diseases
  • Know how these processes are manifested in organ systems, resulting in disease
  • Make independent diagnostic observations and clinicopathologic correlations

Physicians, dental pathologists, clinical laboratory scientists and basic researchers comprise the course faculty.  Lectures, small group sessions and office hours afford students ample opportunity for contact with the faculty.  Completion of the course provides the necessary background for clinical rotations, postgraduate training, licensure, and life-long learning for clinical practice.

 

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MD/PhD Program

 

The MD/PhD Program offered by Temple University School of Medicine provides the opportunity to obtain expertise in clinical medicine and become broadly trained in modern basic science research at an institution noted for excellence in teaching and research. The program is comprehensive, demanding and challenging and thus attracts bright, highly motivated individuals drawn to a research career in academic medicine.

 

The successful candidate can generally expect to spend the first two years in the medical school curriculum and the next three years carrying out an original research project and completing coursework and other requirements for the PhD degree under the guidance of a preceptor in a graduate department. For the final two years, the student returns to medical school for clinical training. The specific details of the PhD portion of the program vary depending on the chosen graduate department and field of study.

 

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Dental Education Program

 

As part of their overall education, dental students receive instruction regarding the clinical features, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment and progress of diseases and developmental abnormalities which commonly affect the oral and maxillofacial complex. When appropriate, the radiographic and histologic features of pathologic processes are also discussed. Students are also taught to formulate appropriate clinical and radiographic differential diagnosis for soft and hard tissue abnormalities of the oral and perioral region.  In addition to a series of didactic lectures, critical thinking is emphasized in case-based small-group modules.

 

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