Medical School

Medical Student Electives

There are a variety of electives in the Department of Pathology offered through the Pritzker School of Medicine, including:

  • Rotation in Surgical Pathology
  • Rotation in Clinical Pathology
  • The Post-Mortem Examination
  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at North Shore
  • Advanced Gynecologic Pathology
  • Tutorials in Neuropathology
  • Research in Pathology

For a list of current electives, visit the Pritzker School of Medicine Course Catalog.

Clinical Pathophysiology & Therapeutics (CPPT)

This second-year course at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is under the co-direction of Aliya Husain, M.D. (Professor of Pathology) and Scott Stern, M.D. (Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Technology & Innovation in Medical Education), along with associate director Husain Sattar, M.D. (Assistant Professor of Pathology).

Many medical schools boast a traditional approach to medical education, with a lecture-based basic science curriculum. CPPT is different from this approach in that basic science is integrated via lectures and cases, clinical information is integrated with therapy, and medicine and pathology are integrated.

The course began in the 1950s as “Introduction to Clinical Medicine” and “Systemic Pathology” integrated into “Clinical Pathophysiology (CPP).” It was a three-month course taken during the second year of medical school. Each topic was taught by both a pathologist and an internist, and students reviewed lab cases pertinent to each topic. A web option was added in 1994. In 2002, Drs. Husain & Stern assumed leadership. In 2003, an additional one month was added to the course for a total of four months. Therapeutics, psychopathology, and additional topics were added. In 2007, lecture recording was begun to allow easy review of lecture material and to provide remote access to topics. In 2009, CPPT migrated to Drupal to facilitate international use with Wuhan University as the University of Chicago began sharing CPPT.

In the context of the pre-clinical medical school curriculum, CPPT follows anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. CPPT is a comprehensive course on disease, organized by organ system. Sections include Hematology, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Renal, Endocrine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Ob/Gyne, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Dermatology. There are about 170 lectures given by pathologists and clinicians. The website, CPPweb, provides access to 192 cases each consisting of a comprehensive patient history and physical exam, clinical images and sounds, radiology images, gross pathology, microscopic pathology, virtual microscopy, therapeutics, and related questions and answers. The course vertically integrates prior material from the medical school curriculum and incorporates clinical reasoning questions in order to help prepare students for their third year clerkships.