Departments: Pathology

Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove

Chair: John Kasimos, D.O.

By focusing on the organism as a whole system, the discipline of pathology can provide a bridge for transition by showing the interrelationship between basic scientific principles and the practice of clinical medicine. This approach provides the medical students with a complete medical overview of the disease process in relation to its histologic, functional, and structural changes. The medical students also have an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to interpret and use laboratory data in describing and recognizing various types of injury to cells, tissues, and organs.

1601 Pathology I
Designed to introduce the medical students to the basic concepts of pathology, this course stresses altered cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms and attempts to convey to the medical students the dynamic nature of the processes involved.

1602, 1603 Pathology II and III
A continuation of basic pathology, this course identifies the causes and mechanisms of disease as they relate to specific organ systems, as well as stressing the need for the medical student to understand the pathophysiology of disease and its implications to both the patient and the physician. Emphasis is also placed on the dynamic process of the pathologic progression of changes, adaptive responses, and therapeutic modifications as well as discovering how all these changes produce the ultimate clinical manifestations of disease processes.