Department of Pathology Chair and Professor, Dr. Joyce deJong, and pathologists, Dr. Elizabeth Douglas, Dr. Amanda Fisher-Hubbard, Dr. Joseph Prahlow, and Dr. Brandy Shattuck, are responsible for overseeing pathology education of the medical students and the development of the medical examiner program in southwest Michigan. Pathology faculty will serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for multiple counties in Michigan. Clinical faculty from Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Medthodist Hospital will participate in educating our students. Forensic anthropologists Dr. Jered Cornelison and Dr. Carolyn Isaac participate in complex death investigations, identification of human remains, and anatomy education of medical students.
A key goal of our curriculum is not to simply cover content, but rather help the undergraduate medical student understand the foundation pathology in a purposeful manner. We want to make it possible for our students to apply their foundational knowledge of pathology appropriately to the clinical problems they will encounter in the future.
The rotations currently offered by the Department of Pathology faculty are Anatomic Pathology and Forensic Pathology; both electives are intended for medical students in their fourth year of medical school. The Anatomic Pathology elective provides broad experience in general diagnostic techniques; students will have opportunities to participate in autopsy pathology, cytopathology, and surgical pathology. The Forensic Pathology elective will familiarize the students with autopsies, to include clinical history, gross and microscopic findings. The forensic pathology rotation will enhance students' ability to establish clinicopathologic correlations.