Welcome to General Pathology!

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to have another class with you! We start on Monday May 17, and I want to give you a little information about the course so you have some idea of what to expect.

Pathology is usually described as the study of disease, and that’s a good working definition. But actually, the word “pathology” is derived from the Greek pathos, which is variously translated as suffering, emotion, calamity, or just anything that arouses sorrow or pity. That’s pretty appropriate, since diseases tend to bring about suffering and sorrow. In our course, we’ll stick to the first definition, and keep our focus on diseases. And I’ll do my best to make sure that the course itself doesn’t cause you any suffering or sorrow!

General Pathology (DDS 6253) and Systemic Pathology (DDS 6254) are technically two separate courses – but they are really quite similar in their structure and format, so that’s why they both share this website. General Pathology covers basic, introductory pathology topics like inflammation, cell injury, and neoplasia. You need to know about these topics so that you can make sense out of Systemic Pathology, which covers diseases by organ system (everything but the oral cavity) and Oral Pathology (which is self-explanatory).

This website will feel familiar to you because it’s pretty similar to our General Histology and Oral Histology websites. It’s divided into General Pathology and Systemic Pathology (each course has its own dropdown menu above), and the page structure will look familiar:

  • Home: course updates and random interesting stuff I think you might like
  • Lectures: course schedule and lecture recordings
  • About: course info (grading etc.) and syllabus
  • Crosswords: I’ll add new ones as we go along
  • Kahoots: to help you study

Finally, just a few words on lecture format. When I read through your Oral Histology course evals, I got the sense that you’d prefer to have lectures in video format (rather than in narrated PowerPoint format), because that allows you to see the length of the entire presentation, and move around more easily. Plus, you can speed up videos!

So for the bulk of this course, lectures will be provided in video format. Most of the lectures are mine – and for these, I’ll create narrated, annotated videos. There are just two lectures given by outside people – and for the sake of efficiency, we’ll use Mediasite recordings for those.

We’ll use Zoom for our quizzes and exam review (meeting links are listed on the lectures page). I like to use Kahoot for quizzes and reviews, so I can see where you guys are with the material, and answer any questions about the material as we go along.

Okay – I think that about does it! Whew. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, please feel free to email me any time.

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