The Department of Pathology maintains an unqualified commitment to education and training across the full spectrum of the teaching and training mission (including undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate medical and graduate) at Harvard Medical School and its Affiliated Institutions. Each of the four major Hospital-based Departments maintains outstanding ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs as well as vanguard fellowship programs for which accreditation is not yet available. Increasingly, clinical fellowship training is coordinated in multi-institutional programs including Harvard-wide fellowships in Dematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Pathology Informatics and Transfusion Medicine.
Pathology faculty play a large role in undergraduate medical education by fulfilling leadership positions and teaching responsibilities in each of the four years of the medical school curriculum. Members of our faculty direct major courses in the HMS preclinical curriculum including Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology in the first year and Human Systems in the second year. We are innovators in developing new curricula and enrichment electives specifically targeted to third-year medical students undertaking clinical clerkships, and we offer a full range of electives for fourth-year students. Moreover, for many years, Department of Pathology faculty have played and continue to serve major leadership roles in the research-oriented Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Programs. We have developed and currently direct several highly regarded courses including Human Pathology (HST030), and Principles and Practices of Human Pathology (HST035). Residents and clinical fellows also teach in HMS and HST courses.
Faculty in the Department of Pathology are also highly engaged in the graduate programs at HMS. In addition to serving as mentors for dozens of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, Pathology faculty teach in numerous graduate courses. Furthermore, individual Pathology faculty have various appointments in the genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, neurosciences, immunology, and developmental biology graduate (PhD) programs at Harvard Medical School.
The Harvard Medical School Department of Pathology Executive Committee maintains a vibrant Education Subcommittee which is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Pathology education and training mission. It meets regularly and brings together education leaders in our community to share best practices, and develop and implement new curricular innovations. Finally, Pathology faculty serve in leadership roles in major committees responsible for overseeing and refining undergraduate and graduate medical education programs at Harvard Medical School.
Our leadership and participation in continuing medical education programs is especially strong, with Pathology faculty members running many widely attended courses in Boston and around the world.