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The Medical School curriculum was recently overhauled to implement C21, a curriculum for the 21st century. The curriculum is structured into learning modules and builds on a progressive layering of new knowledge onto earlier core concepts to provide students with an integrated approach and a scaffold for longitudinal learning.

The "Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21)" allows students to customize their educations by engaging in research projects designed to build in-depth knowledge in a key biomedical area, foster more student – faculty mentoring opportunities and increase student competitiveness when searching for specialty training. This new opportunity is called a Concentration.

In the first 18 months of the Medical School, the Department of Pathology is heavily involved in a number of modules as part of this new curriculum, especially in the Core Principles in Medicine, Mechanisms of Disease, and Host Defense modules.

The Core Principles module uses an integrated approach to the study of normal and abnormal organ systems, demonstrating how normal human biology goes awry in disease, and how a problem-solving approach and biological insight can lead to pharmacological and/or surgical intervention. The understanding of fundamental biological principles gained in these modules will provide students with a strong scientific underpinning as they continue into their clerkship year and beyond.

In the Mechanisms of Disease module the pathology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology of disease are approached in an organ-system-based, multidisciplinary manner centered around problem-solving. This module serves as the transition from basic science to the clinical practice of medicine.

In the second pre-clerkship year, the Department offers courses in the Host Defense: Mechanisms and Therapeutics Module. This module integrates general principles of pathology, infectious diseases, and pharmacology in an exploration of the basic processes by which injurious stimuli to cells, tissues and organs, especially those produced by infectious organisms, result in disease, and of the general principles by which drugs are used to treat disease. Viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and helminths are studied as biologic agents of infectious disease. Emphasis is placed on the etiology of disease, life cycles, epidemiology, pathology, clinical symptoms, treatment and prevention of disease.

Pathology Electives

In the clerkship years, the Department also offers electives in all areas of anatomic and clinical pathology for medical students with particular interest in the discipline of pathology.

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Pathology Concentrations

The Department of Pathology currently offers Concentrations in three areas of research under the mentorship of members of our faculty. Projects will be developed in partnership with a clinical faculty member whenever possible. Students will spend 12 weeks in a laboratory pursuing basic science or translational research or eight weeks in a laboratory and four weeks doing a clinical elective that is linked to the research topic. Students should contact Dr. Christopher William by e-mail if they have questions about the program or have an interest in a research area not currently officially available.

Related links:
NYU School of Medicine
C21 Medical Curriculum