Anatomic Pathology & Forensic Medicine

Anatomic Pathology & Forensic Medicine

The department of Anatomic pathology and forensic medicine is one of the four major branches of pathology at the Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine of the university. Established on the 2nd of June, 2012, the department offers teachings to the 400level medical students in areas covering, but not restricted to histopathology, cytology, and forensic medicine. As a core component of laboratory medicine of the institution offered by the students studying Medicine and Surgery in pursuit of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, the course, Anatomic Pathology, and Forensic Medicine, through practical sections, exposes our students to the histopathological and cytological diagnosis of diseases using the microscope, microscopic description, and understanding of pathologies and clinical-cum-anatomical autopsies.

Additionally, Anatomic Pathology is also offered by Nursing Science and Medical Laboratory Science undergraduates as an elective.

Indeed, as a course in which cells and histologies of organisms are routinely microscopically studied, we offer research-based collaborations and teachings to postgraduate scholars within and outside the university.

Furthermore, realizing that a physician is as good as his pathology, we aim to produce clinicians who:

  1. Understand diseases, their causes, pathogenesis, manifestation, and possible outcome
  2. Understand altered physiology and adequate knowledge of the pathological basis of common diseases and anatomy
  3. Understand the application of laboratory investigations results to health care delivery
  4. Can perform an autopsy and correctly preserve specimens for cytology, histology, and toxicology
  5. Can recognize basic tissue alterations in inflammation, neoplasia, and common pathologies
  6. Select relevant investigations for the confirmation of common pathologies
  7. Suggest, where appropriate, the correct management of disease states on the basis of laboratory investigation findings.
  8. Accurately interprets histology and cytology laboratory results.
  9. Can independently conduct histopathologically-based medical research.

Indeed, our number (9) aim above also applies to postgraduate scholars and researchers.