Educational work of the Department of General and Clinical Pathology

To prepare medical students for a future career as a clinician or clinician-scientist our school provides in-depth knowledge in 5 disciplines in English and Ukrainian. The total volume of in-class education is 24945 academic hours, 350 of which are lectures and 19900 are labs.

These academic hours are shared across medical student’s classes from first to 5th year. For medical students of 1st and 2nd years of education the Department provides course of Histology, Cytology and Embryology. Medical students of 3rd year have a great opportunity to learn Anatomical Pathology and Pathologic Physiology. Furthermore, students of 4th year study Forensic Medicine with the School of the department and students of 5th year- "The sectional course".

Mention worthy, Histology, Cytology and Embryology, Anatomical Pathology, and Pathologic Physiology are fundamental disciplines in medical education and are bases for first step of licensing exam – KROK 1.

The Department delivers medical education in order to standardized curriculums, approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The teaching all courses are performing also according to recommendations and guidelines of the Bologna Process, following to ECTS requirements.

In addition, any student can easily get access to department’s web portal to check for schedule, calendar, reviews, resources for self-education, lecture notes, educational videos, etc.

To make student’s life easy our school uses multimedia technology adopting all possibilities of MS PowerPoint.

Under productive supervision of our Head of the Department, Dr. Olena Protsenko the School published textbook in Pathmorphology, which is recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as a textbook for university students: Protsenko O.S., Remneva N.O., Sherstyuk C.O., Pleten O.M., Sidorenko R.V. General Pathomorphology. Textbook. – Kh.:KhNU, 2011. – 196 p.

Under effective management of the Head of Course of Histology, associate professor Dr. Volodymir Padalko the gallery of wall charts has been made. The gallery is devoted to prominent histologists and anatomists and their contributions into progressing of medicine and consists of 120 wall charts in Ukrainian and English languages. Even more, following up the great student’s feedback after first demonstration of the gallery our school made a website ‘Eponyms in Histology: Historical Facts and Imaging Appearances’ (www.histology-kharkiv.esy.es), which is devoted to great scientists, whose names are used in scientific nomenclature.

In the same time, our school continuously develops and tests the new methods of delivery in teaching like on-line student’s consultations, educational topics discussions, distance/on-line preparation to licensing exam KROK-1, etc. The latest technological improvement was introducing the e-learning system, which represents blended learning. On platform Moodle, on-line course in Histology, Cytology and Embryology was developed for medical students of 1st and 2nd year. In addition, the course is also used for preparation to licensing exam KROK-1.

On-line courses in Anatomical Pathology, Pathological physiology, Forensic Medicine and Section Course are in the progress. We believe the implementation these programs will allow to increase the effectiveness of medical education.

During learning students have a great opportunity to develop competence in the clinical and laboratory techniques, like performing an autopsy, development of the appropriate analytical skills, filing documentation, improving in-depth knowledge of ethical issues, practice clinical decision making.

Fostering medical students’ commitment to life-long learning and continuing self-education the Department provides the best environment for preparation to licensing exam – KROK-1. Our school is updating knowledge control, multichoice question bank in every disciplines to practice in order to preparation to modular test control. During practicing, students have an opportunity to discuss blank of tests using the School of Medicine software/portal, computer classes and multimedia, on-line learning, on-line and in-class consultation with professor.

The Museum of Pathomorphology is maintained the collections, added to them when feasible, and made them available and useful for the study by the Department. The Department seeks to continue in the tradition of promoting the collection for the purposes of medical education in all forms whenever possible, as well as expand its scope to provide educational resources to medical students.

Museum collections includes Cell Pathology, Inflammation, Circulatory Disorders, Tumors, Infectious diseases, Cardiac and Vascular Pathology, Lung Pathology, GI Pathology, Kidney and Urinary Tract Pathology, Genetic and Developmental Pathology. The Department of Anatomical Pathology of Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education also contributed in the process of growing the collections by giving some specimens.

The Museum has a unique collection of infectious diseases specimens, particularly typhoid and diphtheria. The biggest collection in the museum is congenital abnormality specimens’ collection. Moreover, the exclusive collection in the museum is cardiac and vascular collection consisted out of 120 specimens and included even heart with prosthetic valves. More than 150 specimens form the collection of oncomorphology, which includes uterine tumors of gigantic size and ovarian cancer.Along the learning, the School also trains students for participation in All-Ukrainian academic competitions, contests.