Pathology and Forensic Medicine (Activities & Objective)


The department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine has the following objectives:

  1. To provide a sound and all round education in the basic science of Pathology (study of disease) to the medical students;
  2. To make students aware of the relevance of Pathology to medicine and its diagnostic values in the management of patients;
  3. To develop and provide appropriate courses for students of other departments who may require a working knowledge of Pathology;
  4. To engage in pathological research in collaboration with other agencies or groups and other arms of the College and Teaching Hospital;
  5. To provide specialized training in Pathology and Forensic Medicine at higher degree Levels.


  • Forensic Medicine & Genitourinary Pathology Unit
  • Cytopathology & Gynaecology Pathology Unit
  • Neuropathology & Head/Neck¬† Pathology Unit
  • Breast & Thoracic Pathology Unit
  • Musculoskeletal & Dermato-Pathology Unit
  • Lymphoid Pathology & Gastrointestinal Pathology Unit.¬†


  1. Teaching Medical /Dental Students – General and Systemic Pathology.
  2. Mentoring junior academic research studies
  3. Setting and Organisation of examinations for Medical/Dental & Nursing students.
  4. Counselling Medical & Dental students.

Available Facilities

The department of Pathology & Forensic Medicine of the Lagos State College of Medicine, Ikeja comprising of two buildings is situated within Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja and adjoining the second hospital gate. It has all the components necessary for the training of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The following are available at the department:

  • A functional Mortuary section managed by a private operator;
  • All categories of staff including Lecturers, Laboratory Scientists, Laboratory Assistants; Administration support staff as well as offices for these staff;
  • Well equipped new research and Clinical Histopathology and Cytopathology laboratories;
  • A large postmortem room with 6 autopsy tables, overhead lamps, portable x-ray machine etc.;
  • A museum with some teaching pots, as well as, a museum preparation room;
  • A large conference/demonstration room with teaching facilities that includes a microscope with camera attachment and TV monitor;
  • A departmental library with a wide range of texts and journals.

Postgraduate Traning

The department currently has six (6) Residents training in Anatomic Pathology. Details are available in the residency training brochure.