Welcome to the Pathology course at Karolinska Huddinge


Welcome to the Pathology course, D04HPT, 14,1h p at Karolinska university hospital, Huddinge.

The Pathology course will give you insight into disease processes in cells and tissues with special emphasis on structure-function relationships.

The first autopsy is a pure demonstration. It is common that for various reasons the student in this situation finds this uncomfortable. This depends on each person's individual background, but it may hamper the ability of the student to take in the clinically relevant information.
Autopsies are compulsory. Autopsies are performed at Karolinska Huddinge and at Södersjukhuset. The groups switch places according to the program. During one session, the group follows a case, whereafter the groups switch cases to have also the second one demonstrated.
You must be completely dressed in green clothes and cloves so that you can participate in the dissection. You have received a written description how the dissection is performed and the instructor will help you.

Each participant may borrow a microscope for the entire course. The microscopes are kept in locked boxes. In your box you will also find a collection of sections and a slides description of the different specimens. Each participant shares microscope and collection with a course mate. There is a substantial amount of work behind this collection, and some of them are difficult to replace if lost. Therefore be very careful with each specimen. In case a slide is lost or broken, we will charge a fee of 25 SEK. The microscopes and the collection must be kept in the locked boxes, and they may not be taken away from the institution. You will get your locker key after a deposition of 200 SEK, and the key must be returned after the microscopy exam (in exchange for the deposited sum).
The microscopy hall is available for own studies 7 days a week, however, it is occasionally booked during working hours.
The slides are discussed at occasions called “Micro” on the schedule. These aims at illustrating essential parts of the curriculum, give demonstrations insight into morphological diagnostics and exercises in evaluating and describe microscopical lesions. These demonstrations are performed with the course divided in groups as given in the program. The sessions take place in the seminar rooms and most specimens discussed are those in the same slide collection as is provided for individual studies.

Demonstrations (compulsory)
Demonstrations of histopathology and cytology aim at illustrating the daily work of a pathologist. We will show you how we work in the lab and special techniques that are used as diagnostic tools. At the end of the course we will show you some “mixed cases”.

Case seminars (compulsory)
These seminars are divided into two parts. First you have “macro” where you in small groups will study and try to make diagnosis on some macro specimen. Bring your book to this part. At the end you will get some questions to work with at home. Some days after there is a second part called “discussion” where you present the answers. Microscopy of the cases will also be discussed.
The participants are offered to follow clinical conferences. This is voluntary and these conferences often collide with a lecture. During these conferences you can better see how clinical pathology is used in the clinical handling of patients. No more than 2 students can attend on each occasion. On the notice board there is a list of doctors for the clinical conferences. Contact them if you want to participate.

Micro exam
This exam will be performed in the "Moose-head" room in groups of 5-6 students. You will be given clinical samples and your task is to describe what you see, to discuss the specimen and it is an extra plus if you can reach somewhere around the correct diagnosis.

The following is needed for course credits; course a) presence during at least 80% of compulsory events (autopsies, demonstrations and case seminars). b) Returning of keys and other borrowed material. c) Accepted micro exam and dugga 2. Old merits If You wish to encounter parts of the course from previous semesters or in other institutions, and then make a request about this at the beginning of the course. Compulsory events may be accepted if representing more than half the course less than 3 semesters ago.