The Department of Pathology of West China Hospital, Sichuan University, is one of the largest pathology departments in China. The department has a productive tradition of integrating teaching, service, and research, with an active faculty of twenty-three pathologists and professors, forty-two residents and graduate students in training, and nearly thirty fellows from all over the country.
The department is responsible for all the pathology courses in West China School of Medicine (8-year, 7-year and 5-year programs), School of Stomatology, as well as School of Forensic Medicine and Basic Medical Sciences, Sichuan University. A unique two-semester (120 hours) course of diagnostic pathology is aimed at the fellows and residents in training. Two major graduate level courses are offered to students seeking the master or doctoral degree: Molecular Pathology and Modern Histopathological Techniques, briefing the students with state of the art information.
Each year, over 50,000 surgical pathological reports and nearly 30,000 cytological (including fine needle aspiration) reports are signed out for patients treated in West China Hospital. The department is also the major pathology consultation center in southwestern China, receiving 5,000 cases for consultation from regional hospitals and increasingly from other areas in China. The department has been the largest residents and fellow training center, and is planning to expand its residency program in the next few years with twenty to thirty residents in training.
Housed in the department are the research laboratories which provide a wide range of techniques utilized by both faculty and students. Traditional histological techniques and modern facilities include frozen section, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, electron microscopy, cell culture, molecular biology and protein chemistry. Shared facilities in the hospital such as confocal microscopy and flow cytometry can be easily accessed by all those interested. The department has a long term tradition of excellence in soft tissue pathology and hematopoietic neoplasm research. Recent projects focusing on molecular basis of disease and molecular diagnostics have been supported by grants from a variety of sources including the NSFC. Twenty-four research articles originated from the department since 2005.