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Valhalla, New York 10595

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Pathology is the study of disease, or more generally, the study of the biological response to adverse conditions. As an intellectual discipline, pathology bridges the basic and clinical sciences. Basic research into the causes and mechanisms of disease (experimental pathology) goes hand in glove with identifying the morphologic and biochemical manifestations of disease in human patients (anatomic and clinical pathology, respectively). All of these aspects of pathology have important diagnostic and therapeutic implications for patient care. Teaching of this body of knowledge at various pre- and post-doctoral medical and scientific levels of interest and understanding provides a unifying component to laboratory and clinic.

The Department of Pathology at New York Medical College is a large multi-disciplinary department, and the only academic pathology department between New York City and Albany. It supports multiple research laboratories at the New York Medical College campus in Westchester County, and diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology laboratories in its major teaching hospital, Westchester Medical Center. It is heavily involved in teaching medical students at New York Medical College, and offers a range of pre-doctoral graduate programs in experimental pathology at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. In addition to post-doctoral programs at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the Department offers accredited residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology for qualified medical school graduates at Westchester Medical Center.

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Research laboratories of the Department of Pathology and the Brander Cancer Research Institute are located in the Basic Science Building. Faculty in the Ph.D. program in Experimental Pathology also conduct research at the Munger Pavilion on the New York Medical College campus. Faculty research programs, supported by federal and industrial grants, include studies of mechanisms of biochemical toxicology, cancer cell biology, cell-cycle regulation and apoptosis, mechanisms underlying cell dysfunction after neurologic trauma, chemical carcinogenesis, free-radical pathobiology, hypersensitivity and chronic inflammation, molecular genetics of hypertension, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, and tissue engineering. Departmental faculty are also active collaborators in a number of national and international research programs.

Teaching is an important component of departmental activity. Besides providing major courses for the medical school curriculum in the second and fourth years, the Department offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in Experimental Pathology, residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and an annual course on safety assessment of medicines.

Flexible interdisciplinary graduate pathology programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Pathology are offered in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. These programs focus on a comprehensive study of the pathogenesis of human disease including those related to degradation of the environment. Didactic courses are designed to foster analytical problem-solving based on a secure knowledge of the fundamentals of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, and systemic pathology as well as on the biological effects of environmental pollutants and their role in the pathogenesis of environmentally caused disease.

The M.S. program in Experimental Pathology is highly interdisciplinary and permits students great flexibility. They can choose a comprehensive study of pathogenesis of human disease, focus more closely on the pathogenesis of environmental pathology, or add courses to gain practical experience related to evaluation and management of environmental pathogenic factors as applied environmental science. (Admission to the M.S. program in toxicologic pathology, for those who already hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., or equivalent advanced degree and who require specialized training, is strictly limited and highly competitive).

The Ph.D. program in Experimental Pathology provides a broad didactic grounding in the fundamentals of basic biomedical science and, critical for Ph.D. training, a vigorous multidisciplinary research milieu in the nurturing laboratory environment of the faculty associated with the program. These faculty are drawn from the Departments of Pathology, Medicine and Orthopaedics. In conjunction with the School of Medicine, a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree is also offered to interested students.

Graduates from these programs in experimental pathology can expect find employment in industry, government or academia.

The Pathology Residency Program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology is available to ten select medical graduates at Westchester Medical Center. The program is four years in length, two years in clinical pathology and two years in anatomic pathology; on completion the residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology. All graduates in the last five years have successfully passed the certification examination. Westchester Medical Center is the pre-eminent tertiary care institution in suburban Westchester County north of New York City.

The course on the Safety Assessment of Medicines is a 5-day intensive course given annually, usually in the Fall. It covers the basic preclinical research and regulatory application processes needed to develop a new medication. It is of national and international stature, and regularly attracts students from throughout the United States and abroad.


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Valhalla, New York 10595