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Department of Pathology & Forensic Medicine

The Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine is one of the Laboratory Medicine Departments in the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences of the Lagos State University College of Medicine. The Department teaches that aspect of medicine that deals with the morphological changes associated with diseases. As with the rest of the Laboratory Medicine Departments, it forms the bedrock of patient management. A knowledge of Pathology prepares the students for further instructions during their clinical years.

Medical students enrol with the department at the second half of 300 level and receive instructions over a period of three semesters. The course comprises lectures and practicals; the latter include attendance and participation at postmortem examination, and instructions on the gross and microscopic appearance of disease states, which include time spent in the departmental museum.

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.


Instructions are given in form of lectures, tutorials, and practicals. The department keeps a well stocked tissue museum, and well equipped post mortem and histology rooms. Students are exposed to the use of these facilities for practical purposes. At the end of the practical sessions, the students are expected to sign for the practical session attended.

Students are assessed on continuous basis with two in-course assessments in the rain semester and one in the harmattan semester. There is a mock assessment before the Part II MBBS Examination.

The Part II MBBS Examination is examined in three parts comprising Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Essay and Practical, papers I, II and III respectively.

In compliance with University policy, 75% attendance shall be allowed for students to be signed up for the Part II MBBS Professional Examinations. In keeping with the university policy, absence from class based on medical reasons shall be acceptable based on the submission of a duly signed Medical Report.
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.

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


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