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Survey on Chemical Pathology Teaching in Medical Curricula: Insight into Patient Safety

Volume 2 - Issue 3

Nike Kwai Cheung LAU, Ka Ngai LAU and Chloe Miu MAK*

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      Chemical Pathology Laboratory, Department of Pathology, Princess Margaret Hospital, ChinaDepartment of Animal Production, Cairo University, Egypt

    *Corresponding author: Chloe Miu MAK, Chemical Pathology Laboratory, Department of Pathology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China, Tel: 852-29901882; Fax: 852-23700969; Email:

Received: February 02, 2018;   Published: February 12, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.02.000753

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Context: Proper utilisation and interpretation of laboratory test results depend on the understanding of the indications and characteristics of such tests. Undergraduate teaching on this is essential to patient safety.

Methods: Medical students were invited to comment on Chemical Pathology teaching, and their knowledge on interpretation of iron profile was tested. We also interviewed practising doctors on their opinion in Chemical Pathology interpretation service.

Results: We identified topics which students recognised as being taught, understood, or requiring more teaching. They were dissatisfied with the teaching in Chemical Pathology, despite their perception of it being clinically useful. Only one-third of students correctly interpreted the iron profile. Majority agreed that increase in teaching time (58.6%), teaching in the clinical years (64.3%) and teaching by Chemical Pathologists (65.7%) would improve the teaching. Most practising doctors would like to have interpretation service on endocrine tests (63%), acute phase markers (7.4%), and electrolytes (7.4%).

Conclusion: Current teaching in Chemical Pathology could be further strengthened from the students’ perspective with more emphasis on clinical applications with real-life examples and laboratory-based tutorials would better prepare medical graduates on laboratory medicine and safeguard patient care. Chemical Pathology interpretation services should be implemented to further improve clinical practice.

Keywords: Biotechnology; Experimental animal model; Human diseases; Medical research; Poultry

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