Principles of Forensic Medicine 3


Elective Course
Credits: 3
Instructor: Dr. James Fulcher

Course Description: This elective course is designed for students who wish to master advanced topics in Forensic Pathology.  The course closely follows a medical school-type academic curriculum and is geared toward students who may be interested in pursuing a career as a medical examiner, a research scientist, laboratory manager or a director of operations within a laboratory-based facility.  The course is taught on an organ-based system and explores diseases of the heart, lungs, nervous system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, genito-urinary system, hematopoetic system and musculo-skeletal system.  An in-depth discussion of anatomical abnormalities and anomalies is scheduled for the final module.

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify histologically the different organ tissues of the body
  • Identify normal human tissue from tissue that is diseased or has traumatic injury
  • Distinguish between organs that have an infective process and organs affected by cancer
  • Diagnosed common diseases using histology and associated laboratory studies
  • Be confident in requesting additional tests in order to reach a logical diagnosis



Week # Module and Topics
1 Module 1: Cardiac Diseases
2 Module 2: Pulmonary Diseases
3 Module 3: Neurologic Diseases
5 Module 4: Gastrointestional Diseases
6 Module 5: Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas


8 Module 6: Diseases of the Genito-Urinary System
9 Module 7: Diseases of the Endocrine System
11 Module 8: Diseases of the Musculo-Skeletal System
12 Module 9: Hematopoetic Systemic Diseases
14 Module 10: Anatomical Abnormalities and Anomalies
15 Final Exam