The MS CP program is defined as a 2-year period of organized educational experience designed to develop basic competencies in Clinical Pathology and prepares the MS CP graduates for further Ph.D. / MD studies; resident trainee positions in clinical pathology, teaching assistantship in medical colleges; research assistantship in universities, research centers and biomedical corporations (R&D); after three years in the field as Manager of laboratories or as Clinical Pathology practitioners after licensure passage.
The fundamental goal of the Clinical Pathology Masters Program is to provide the training and guidance that allow the student to acquire the knowledge and to develop the skills and attitudes needed to approach patient care through the use of laboratory service, investigation, and data interpretation.
The program shall be integrated to provide all clinical pathology elements that a beginner level pathologist practitioner requires in the areas of: communication skills and information technology; medical microscopy; microbiology; immunology and immunogenetics; molecular pathology ncluding cytogenetics; hematology and transfusion medicine. Courses in biostatistics and research methodology and ethics will enable the students to design research protocols for testing their hypotheses through an investigatory and analytical thinking approach. The didactic courses of all elements of the training will be concentrated during PGY1 to optimize use of faculty time and help students to lay strong theoretical foundations of clinical pathology. Integrated community-based practice of clinical laboratory medicine with additional elements of informatics, cost management and systems based practices are important elements of the educational program during the hospital-based rotations in PGY2. The last semester will be devoted to research work in any one subspecialty leading to submission of a thesis.