About pathology

Did you know that more than 70% of diagnoses in the NHS involve pathology? Due to the recent shift towards modern teaching style and problem based learning, many medical schools no longer have a separate undergraduate pathology course.

Does this mean pathology doesn’t play an important role in Medicine any longer? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Contrary to this belief, Pathology remains at the core of Modern Medicine, integrating all primary and secondary care specialties. As medical students and future doctors, we need an understanding of the cause and behaviour of disease to be able to treat patients.


“I am hugely impressed by the hard work and imagination demonstrated by Bogdan, Navin and colleagues in organising, developing and delivering such a successful series of events for National Pathology Week. It is great to see medical students getting involved and I hope more will do so in future. Pathology is a vital part of almost all patient pathways so a better understanding of the specialty is beneficial for everyone.”

Dr Suzy Lishman, President, Royal College of Pathologists, UK


The Royal College of Pathology is committed to maintaining and developing the knowledge of pathology that underpins medical, dental, and veterinary curricula across the United Kingdom. Below are a few opportunities that you can get involved with to enhance your knowledge of pathology and to boost your CV.





We are grateful for the ongoing support received from the Royal College. With a Public Engagement Grant awarded by the College in November 2016, we have had the pleasure of organising the South West National Pathology Week, 2016 at three different sites: Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Cornwall Hospitals, and Exeter Medical School.

Below are a few key achievements and facts that highlight the success of this event.


We strongly recommend to any interested students, doctors, trainees or buzzing pathologists to organise similar future events in their own localities. Together we can raise awareness of a beautiful field of medicine that is often neglected or misinterpreted!