MEDI 7013 Cytopathology and Small Biopsy Pathology 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401228

Coordinator Tristan Rutland Opens in new window

Description In 2022 this unit replaced by unit 401473 - Cytopathology and Small Biopsy Pathology 1. This unit uses a blended learning approach to introduce diagnostic entities in surgical pathology entities of neuropathology, cardiorespiratory pathology, genito-urinary pathology, salivary gland and endocrine pathology, skin and soft tissue pathology. The unit provides training in basic research skills, communication skills, and critical thinking. The self-directed online learning module is composed of digitalized images, practical notes, recorded lectures and quizzes on the diagnostic approach to important pathological entities of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

School Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4750 Master of Medicine (Pathology).

Assumed Knowledge

A basic undergraduate level knowledge in Pathology and microscopy skills is expected, as the candidates will have a MBBS or equivalent pre-requisite degree.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse diagnostic entities in both non-gynaecological and gynaecological cytopathology.
  2. Examine small biopsies particularly relating to surgical pathology of the cardiorespiratory system to reach a diagnosis
  3. Justify relevant information regarding pathological findings using evidence-based approach.
  4. Communicate key findings in a written report regarding surgical and cytopathology.

Subject Content

Non-gynaecological cytopathology
Gynaecological cytopathology
Small biopsy pathology
Cardiorespiratory systems pathology

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Students need to meet the legislative requirements to be in a supervised specialist training role in Pathology, and hence be working clinically in a hospital/laboratory setting.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical Exam – Cytopathology Microscopy and Reporting 2 hours 30 Y Individual
Practical Exam – Small Biopsy Microscopy and Reporting 2 hours 30 Y Individual
Cardiorespiratory Diagnostic Case Studies (Online task over several weeks) 10 cases (50-100 words each) 40 Y Individual

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