About General Pathology

Here’s a summary of the most important stuff about our General Pathology (DDS 6253) course for Summer, 2021.

You can download a copy of the current syllabus here.

General Pathology will give you a basic understanding of the foundational aspects of pathology, such as inflammation, tissue repair, and neoplasia. This will prepare you for the Systemic Pathology course given in the fall semester of the D2 year, as well as for your Oral Pathology course.

The Course Director is Kristine Krafts, M.D. Please feel free to email me at kkrafts@umn.edu with any questions you have regarding the course.

The textbook used in this course is Kumar V, et al (eds): Robbins Basic Pathology, 10th ed., Philadelphia, WB Saunders. It’s totally optional; so you should use it however it benefits you. You might find it useful to reinforce the content you receive in lectures. Then again, you might just have enough to read, in which case, you can focus on the lectures (and the lecture ppts), and you’ll be fine.

Our lecture schedule is on the lectures page.

There are three quizzes spaced fairly evenly throughout the course (dates and times are on our lectures page). We’ll use Zoom for these sessions, and we’ll do the quizzes using Kahoot – that way I can see how you guys are doing, and address any issues right then and there. There’s just one exam at the end of the course.


Quizzes 1 – 3 are worth 15 points each, and the exam is worth 50 points, for a total of 95 course points. Your quiz and exam scores will be added together (no weighting or anything, just a straightforward point total). Your point total will be compared to the total course points, and grades will be determined as follows:

  • A = 90 – 100% (85 – 95 points)
  • B = 80 – 89% (76 – 84 points)
  • C = 70 – 79% (66 – 75 points)

Grades will be posted on Canvas.

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