Elena Stark, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Medical
and Dental Education
Elena Stark, MD, PhD
Phone: (310) 206-9238 | Email
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is responsible for teaching gross anatomy, histology, histopathology, and general and systemic pathology in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA School of Dentistry. Our faculty also participate in other courses such as Cell and Tissue Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, and the multidisciplinary Clinical Applications for Basic Science.
Electives are also offered in Surgical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine for 3rd and 4th year medical students. Courses offered for Graduate Students are listed in the Research section of this web sites, and a description of the Post-Sophomore Fellowship and Pathology is presented in the Clinical Training section. Several of our faculty are actively involved in innovation and research in medical education.
This course is required of all 1st year dental students and consists of ten weeks of lecture and lab instruction in anatomy, including the fundamentals of all systems while taking a regional approach which includes study of the back, thorax, abdomen, upper limb, axilla and shoulder, head and neck - with emphasis on cranial nerves and oromaxillofacial anatomy. The Gross Anatomy laboratory sessions include traditional cadaver dissection, along with customized, computer-guided, independent learning modules.
Histology and histopathology in the School of Dentistry at UCLA is incorporated in the first year in several blocks in lecture sessions. Systems covered include cardiovascular, GI, renal, endocrine, musculoskeletal, hematology, autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiencies.
During the first and second years of the medical curriculum, anatomy is taught through lectures and laboratory sessions. Lectures are included as part of the curriculum's block 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9. Laboratory sessions are taught in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory located at 73-167 CHS. The 'David Geffen School of Medicine Gross Anatomy Laboratory' houses 30 cadaver stations and comfortably allows for the use of both embalmed cadavers and unembalmed cadavers for the study of basic, clinical, applied, radiological and surgical anatomy. In compliance with UCLA Environmental Health and Science, and OSHA, the Gross Anatomy laboratory offers a technologically-advanced environment that incorporates high-heat instrument-cleaning equipment, aspirators, surgical lighting, surgical and dissection tools, and first-rate audio-visual equipment - surgical cameras capable of broadcasting to the highest resolution plasma screens throughout the lab, as well as to individual monitors adjacent to each cadaver table. Live and recorded activities and events can be easily broadcasted to adjacent classrooms, other areas in the hospital, and even other campuses. The high quality sound system allows for guided instruction from the teaching tables to all student tables and for teleconferencing. All Gross Anatomy laboratory sessions are mostly based on prosected cadavers, with several opportunities for the first year students to dissect certain anatomical structures. The Department offers a 140-hour Dissection Program during the summer for the students going into the second year. Gross Anatomy content for Step I exam preparation and review includes open laboratory sessions with student-driven reviews of relevant materials. During the third year of the medical curriculum, anatomy is incorporated in review/reinforcing sessions at the beginning of clerkships of applied anatomy specialties, such as ObGyn and Surgery. During the fourth year, gross anatomy is incorporated in elective courses that target clinical anatomy relevant to applied anatomy specialties (radiology, general surgery and other surgery specialties) as well as acute care specialties (emergency medicine, anesthesiology). A full listing of anatomy courses can be found here.
Embryology in the DGSOM at UCLA is taught through lectures and laboratory sessions. Lectures are included as part of the curriculum in Blocks 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Histology and Histopathology in the DGSOM at UCLA is taught through a team-based learning approach in laboratory sessions. These take place in the Histopathology Laboratory located at 1P-151 CHS, which includes eight large tables with computers equipped with Aperio software for the study of virtual slides.
Pathology in the DGSOM at UCLA is taught through a team-based learning approach in laboratory sessions. These take place in the Histopathology Laboratory located at 1P-151 CHS, which includes eight large tables with computers equipped with Aperio software for the study of virtual slides; some sessions take place in the 63-167 CHS laboratory equipped with computers.