Faculty in pathology and anatomical sciences teach about normal cells and organs that make up the human body, and about how pathologic processes affect those cells and organs. The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences considers the education of medical students, graduate students, resident physicians and undergraduate students to be one of its most important missions.

Using human donors, excavated anatomical specimens, and pathology specimens, the faculty helps students develop a better understanding of the human body and pathologic processes.

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Courses are offered to undergraduate, graduate and medical school students. The department also has an ACGME-approved residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology, leading to AP/CP board certification for physicians after graduation from an accredited medical school. A program in clinical laboratory sciences (medical technology) is available jointly through the MU School of Health Professions, the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) with an emphasis in Medical Laboratory Science. The MUCLS Program partners with the NAACLS accredited Program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students begin with 11 weeks of student lab in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by none months of clinical training in Columbia. This prepares them to take national certification examinations as medical laboratory scientists. Students may arrange to work with individual faculty as independent studies, or to conduct research and obtain advanced degrees (MS, PhD).

Undergraduate Education

The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences offers training in clinical anatomy for undergraduates, pre-health professional students, as well as specific anatomy courses for occupational therapy and physical therapy students. We also offer course credit for individual undergraduate research in departmental labs with instructor consent. For additional information regarding the undergraduate courses, please visit the University of Missouri’s academic catalog. For additional information regarding research, please contact our office at 573-882-1201.

Medical Education

Educational efforts in the School of Medicine include traditional pathology and anatomy lectures, one-on-one surgical pathology teaching at the microscope, human donor dissection, clinical pathology laboratory training, and daily faculty-led pathology conferences for resident physicians, forensic pathology experiences, and small group tutoring within the setting of a problem-based learning medical school curriculum. These course offerings are only open for students enrolled in the School of Medicine.