Information for Exam 4

Here is the information you need to know for our exam tomorrow.

General info

Exam 4 will be available all day on Wednesday, 12/14/22 (from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm). You’ll have 2 hours to take it once you open it, and you’ll need to submit it by 11:59 pm. The password is Bakingiscool1.

Exam breakdown

Here’s the breakdown by content:

  • Endocrine disorders – 14 questions
  • Bone, Joint, and Muscle – 13 questions

Best of luck (though you won’t need luck, you’re smart as heck).

Please let me know if you have any questions or difficulties. I’ll monitor the exam at midnight for a while, and then I’ll check throughout the day tomorrow in case there are any issues.

The Great Pathology Bake-Off!

I’m so excited!!

As you know, we had a bake-off in General Histology this year, and it was SO much fun. I asked Cecilia to float the idea by you all to see if there was any interest in doing one in our course, and the response was very positive – so full speed ahead!

If you’ve seen the Great British Baking Show, you know how cool it is to watch people bake things that resemble other things! So for our bake-off, the mission is to bake something – anything, cookies, brownies, cake, beef Wellington – that resembles something we learned about in this course. It could be a cell from a leukemia or a lymphoma (my personal favorite), or anything that you feel inspired by. You’ll get 5 extra credit points for bringing a baked good to our bake-off!

The event is scheduled for Monday, December 12, during our class time (8-9:55), in room 2-530. We’re scheduled to have an exam review during that time, which I’d still like to do, using Kahoot as usual – but that will only take about half an hour and I’ll pick questions that are particularly useful for the upcoming exam. After that, we’ll all hang out and admire each other’s amazing baked goodies. I’m sure we’ll eat a lot of them – but I’ll bring some bags for sharing.

I’m also providing drinks (milk, almond milk, sparkling whatever I can find), as well as some stuff that I hope will give a little GBBS vibe: gingham, tablecloths, etc.

Please come and hang out, if you are so inclined, whether you’ve baked something or not! I’ll bring plenty of my own baked goods so that there’s enough to feed a crowd 🙂 It’s early in the morning, so I’m not sure how many of you will be coming – but I’m hoping we’ll get a pretty good turnout so that we can get together one last time as a class and have a little joy in spite of the stress you’re facing with finals week(s).

Let me know if you have any questions! I love you all and hope to see you there!

Exam 3 scores are posted!

You guys did very, very well, as usual! The mean was 28/30 (or 93%). Scores are up on Canvas now.

I’ve released your scores to your Examsoft student portal – but it sounds like that may be something that you guys don’t normally check. So here are the most recent instructions I have on how to access your portal – I got these from Examsoft last year, so hopefully they still work. If not, let me know.

Info for Exam 3

Here is the information you need to know for our exam tomorrow.

General info

Exam 3 will be available all day on Monday, 11/28/22 (from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm). You’ll have 2 hours to take it once you open it, and you’ll need to submit it by 11:59 pm. The password is Fullofturkey1.

Exam breakdown

Here’s the breakdown by content:

  • Anemias – 8 questions
  • Benign leukocytoses – 3 questions
  • Acute leukemia – 3 questions
  • Chronic leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma – 7 questions
  • Hemostasis – 3 questions
  • Bleeding and thrombotic disorders – 5 questions

Scores now up on Canvas

You guys did great on Exam 1, as usual! The mean was 93%. There weren’t any problematic questions – so no points were adjusted. You should see your score in Canvas now, and you should also see your exam report (which tells you which questions you got wrong, if any!) in your Examsoft Student Portal. If you have any questions about the exam, or just want to take a look at it, let me know and we can find a time to do that.

I also went back to quiz 1 and adjusted those scores to reflect this question, which was keyed incorrectly:

Which of the following bacteria is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia?

A. Staphylococcus aureus
B. Haemophilus influenzae
C. Streptococcus pneumoniae
D. Mycoplasma pneumonia

The correct answer is Streptococcus pneumoniae. However, when we did the quiz in class, Staphylococcus aureus was accidentally marked as the correct answer.

My first “fix” was to add a point to everyone’s score, which is what I usually do when a question is really hard. But this didn’t fix the problem, as one of you very kindly pointed out to me. It didn’t give credit to the students who answered the question correctly!

So today I fixed the scores correctly…if you’re still reading I’m impressed…I rescored the quiz using the correct answer for that question, and I also added an extra point to everyone’s score because the whole thing was just so irritating.

That’s about it for now! Check Canvas when you have a moment and let me know if something doesn’t look right to you.

Exam 1 Information

Here is some information about Exam 1.

General info

The exam will be delivered by ExamSoft like we have done in our previous courses. It will be available all day on Wednesday, 10/12/21 (from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm). You’ll have 2 hours to take it once you open it, and you’ll need to submit it by 11:59 pm.


If you have exam accommodations, could you please send me a quick email reminder? I just want to be sure I get everyone’s timings correct. Thank you!

Exam breakdown

Here’s the breakdown by content (I broke the heart lectures down further into subtopics):

  • Blood vessel pathology – 5 questions
  • Heart failure – 1 question
  • Congenital heart diseases – 2 questions
  • Ischemic heart disease – 3 questions
  • Heart valve disease – 1 question
  • Cardiomyopathy – 1 question
  • Respiratory pathology – 5 questions
  • Renal pathology – 7 questions
  • Upper GI pathology – 2 questions
  • Lower GI pathology – 3 questions
  • Pancreas, Liver, and Gallbladder pathology (slides 1-37) – 3 questions
  • Pancreas, Liver, and Gallbladder pathology (slides 38-51) – 2 questions (see below!)

Specific testing topics from part 2 of the Pancreas, Liver and Gallbladder lecture

Since slides 38-51 of the Pancreas, Liver and Gallbladder lecture were only covered today, and it’s very close to exam time, I’d like to let you know which of these slides to focus on for the exam. In class, I mentioned 3 topics, but I decided to make it even more focused. There will be one exam question on each of these 2 topics:

1. Acute Pancreatitis

Here is the slide that covers this topic:

2. Pancreatic Carcinoma

Here is the slide that covers this topic:

I’ll post the password shortly before the exam starts on Wednesday. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Welcome to Systemic Pathology!

I am so excited to be back in the classroom with you guys I can hardly contain myself! It was so nice to see your beautiful shining faces yesterday.

I’d like to give you a quick summary of how this course will work. We talked about this yesterday, but it’s nice to have it all written down in one place. So here goes.

Content. In General Pathology, we talked about the ways things can go wrong in the body (injury, infection, immune dysfunction, neoplasia) and also the general mechanisms the body uses to fix these problems (tissue repair, inflammation, immune responses). This created a nice little brick foundation for your pathology house!

In Systemic Pathology, we’re going to add floors and rooms to the house. The course is organized into organ systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.), and in each system, we’ll cover the abnormalities and diseases that are most relevant for you for your future practice (and for boards).

Format. This course has the same components as General Path:

  • Lectures: Lots of lectures. All of our lectures will be recorded, and I’ll post the recordings on our lectures page as soon as I get them (usually the same day as the lecture).
  • Quizzes: We’ll do these in class, using Kahoot. You’ll be able to talk with each other and use your notes, like you did in General Path.
  • Exam reviews: Same thing: in-class Kahoots. Only with exam reviews, there are prizes for first, second, and third place. Maybe the prizes will be coffee cards…maybe they’ll be cookies…who knows?!
  • Exams: We’ll use ExamSoft, and you’ll have the entire exam day to take the exam.

Grades. We’ll have three quizzes, and four exams. At the end of the course, I’ll add all your quiz and exam points together (no weighting of exams or anything) to give you a final score for the course. Grades will be determined as follows:

  • A = final scores greater than or equal to 90% of total course points
  • B = scores between 80% and 90% of total course points
  • C = scores between 70% and 80% of total course points

Also, I just want to remind you that I’m still your “mom.” Dental school is fun and interesting…but it is also really hard and overwhelming. You need to take care of yourself.  So I’ll be checking in with you from time to time to see how you’re doing, and to remind you that I am here for you. If you need to vent, or want advice, or just need to know that you’re not alone, email me. We can stick with email, or we can meet in person. Whatever feels best to you. I mean it. You are not alone.