Pathology is the study of etiology, mechanisms and patterns of disease. The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine teaches general and systemic pathology and diagnostic laboratory medicine in the first and second year, and maintains electives in anatomic and clinical pathology for students in the fourth year. The Department provides directorships of Albany Medical Center clinical laboratories and faculty serve as diagnostic pathologists for patients in the hospital and under the care of local and regional physicians. The Department also provides a Division of Dermatology and Dermatopathology teaching medical students in the second, third and fourth years.
The second year pathology teaching is integrated into the disease oriented themes approach. General characteristics of pathologic responses to various stimuli such as infection, neoplasia, cell degeneration and death are presented. Study in organ systems pathology is coordinated with the specific theme and emphasizes specific diseases in various organs in the body.
Topics are introduced during lectures and further study continues with tutorials in the gross and microscopic manifestations of disease. An extensive library of slides, video tapes, computer assisted instruction, and other audiovisual materials are also used to illustrate various disease processes.
Research programs are offered for students by members of the faculty during summer vacations and as fourth year student electives. Research areas of departmental interest include oxidative cellular injury, cancer invasion and metastasis, skin pigmentation, transplant rejection, and biocompatibility of implants and prostheses.