Masters of Clinical Science, Pathologists' Assistant Program (MClSc)


The Pathologists’ Assistant program at Western University, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Pathology offers the students the opportunity to train in the highly specialized field of anatomical pathology. This two-year, full-time program begins in September of each year. The first year is comprised of various courses. The second year of the program is composed of rotations through the hospital experience in autopsy and surgical pathology, research project and completing a two month community elective.

What is a Pathologists' Assistant


Pathologists' Assistants (PAs) are highly trained health professionals who provide anatomic pathology services under the direct supervision of a medically-qualified pathologist.  Pathologists’ Assistants interact with pathologists carrying out their duties under the direction of a Pathologist. The extra technical skills brought to the laboratory by the PAs, standardize and enhance the overall quality in the practice of anatomic pathology. The decreased time pathologists spend on more routine tasks enables them to maximize their time spent on more complex problems and increase the technical repertoire of the laboratory. The PAs assumes major responsibility for the initial examination and dissection of all surgically removed tissues and to a variable extent, for the dissection of bodies during post-mortem examination. This two-year program, comprised of intense academic studies combine with a one-year practicum, and a two month community elective, will enable the students to earn a graduate degree.



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