MEDI 7067 Cytopathology, Small Biopsy and Breast Pathology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401477

Coordinator Tristan Rutland Opens in new window

Description This subject introduces diagnostic entities in surgical pathology entities gastrointestinal and liver, breast, head and neck, paediatric, gynaecological and haemato-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 breast pathology.

School Medicine

Discipline Pathology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects MEDI 7014 - Cytopathology and Small Biopsy Pathology 2


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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate advanced diagnostic entities of non-gynaecological and gynaecological cytopathology and small biopsies.
  2. Assess diagnostic entities in surgical pathology in the subspecialty of breast pathology.
  3. Critique the resources needed and technical requirements to reach the correct diagnosis in Breast Pathology.
  4. Effectively disseminate research outcomes using highly developed communication skills.

Subject Content

Advanced non-gynaecological cytopathology
Advanced gynaecological cytopathology
Advanced small biopsy pathology
Breast 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. If a student fails to meet these requirements they will not be allowed to enrol in the subject.


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical Exam 2 hours 30 Y Individual
Practical Exam 2 hours 30 Y Individual
Case Study 20 cases ~50-100 words each 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Hoda S.A., Brogi, E., Koerner F.C., Rosen P.P. Rosen�fs Breast Pathology (4rd Ed.). Lipincott Williams Wilkins: Philadelphia 2014.
  • Koss L.G., Melamed M.R. Koss�f Diagnostic Cytology and its Histopathologic Bases. Lipincott Williams Wilkins: Philadelphia 2006.

Teaching Periods

1st Half (2024)



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