MEDI 7071 Surgical Pathology of Skin, Bone and Soft Tissue

Credit Points 10

Description This unit will re-inforce the diagnostic entity in skin and soft tissue pathology that were introduced in Surgical Pathology I. The first self-directed online learning module is composed of digitalized images and practical notes on the diagnostic approach to important pathological entities of these sub-specialties. The second online module will revise prior learning of the sub-specialities neuropathology, cardiorespiratory pathology, genito-urinary pathology, salivary gland and endocrine pathology. A literature review and discussion of contemporary and emerging developments in the relevant pathological entity will be conducted. This unit is designed to not only re-inforce/revise the above topics, but to harness effective communication and analytical research skills and to understand the importance of professional development.

School Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects MEDI 7034 - Surgical Pathology 3

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Examine and interpret advanced diagnostic entities in surgical pathology in the subspecialties of skin and soft tissue pathology
  2. Identify common and uncommon disease entities in skin and soft tissue pathology, including the diagnosis of non-neoplastic, benign and malignant entities
  3. Use research skills to investigate disease entities in skin and soft tissue pathology to reach the correct diagnosis
  4. Report pathological findings using written and oral communication skills to patients, other health professional and related stakeholders, with application of analytical research skills where necessary to form appropriate conclusions and recommendations regarding further clinical management
  5. Exemplify the behaviour required to create a safe, caring, ethical and professional practice required by pathologists

Subject Content

Skin pathology
Soft tissue pathology
Analytical research skills (Literature review assessment item)

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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Skin and Soft Tissue Pathology Diagnostic Case Studies (Online task) 20 cases: 300-500 words each S/U Y Individual
Literature Review 2,500 word limit 50 Y Individual
Histopathology Case Reports 10 cases: 300-500 words each 50 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Patterson J. Weedon�fs Skin Pathology (4th Ed.). Elsevier: London 2015.
  • Weiss S.W., Goulburn J.R., Folpe A.L. Enzinger & Weiss�fs Soft Tissue Tumours (6th Ed.). Elsevier: Philadelphia 2013

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