Welcome to the Department of Anatomy and Pathology and at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Our mission is to strive for excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Through our sections of Pathology and Anatomy, the Department bridges basic and clinical knowledge in the training of medical students and provides sophisticated diagnostic and consultative services for patient care.
The Department of Anatomy and Pathology is a dynamic academic department with educational, scientific and clinical excellence.
The Anatomy section introduces first year medical students to the normal structure of the human body. Through the study of Gross Anatomy, students learn the structural relationships of the organs of the body. Microscopic Anatomy provides an understanding of the interactions of the cells that comprise each of the tissues and organs. Neuroanatomy, part of an interdisciplinary Neuroscience course, teaches the anatomical pathways of the nervous system. Our faculty also participates in the Medical Cell Biology course that provides the molecular foundation for cellular function.
The Pathology section provides comprehensive instruction to second year medical students in the mechanisms of disease. Students gain a thorough understanding of the diseases of each organ system that will be the foundation of their clinical practice. We are proud that the medical students consistently recognize both sections for excellence in teaching.
Research and Graduate Education
Many of our faculty have active research programs and participate in the education of graduate students through the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. The research areas include the evaluation and treatment of heavy metal toxicity, study of sensory mechanism and their application to robotics, cancer biology and vertebrate feeding mechanisms and Acetaminophen and other NSAID agents in the treatment of iron overloaded gerbils, and their effects on age associated changes in Rats.
Our clinical laboratory continues to meet the enormous challenges of contemporary medicine. The laboratory staff has focused on quality service to patients and clinicians in the inpatient and outpatient setting at Veteran’s memorial, St. Mary’s and Cabell Huntington hospitals.
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