Pathology - elearning for healthcare
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  • Royal college of Pathologists

About the Pathology programme


e-Path is a web based educational resource to support medical and non-clinical scientists in life long learning, particularly trainees. It is delivered in partnership by the Royal College of Pathologists andHealth Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh).

e-Path will continue to develop by adding elearning sessions over the coming years to support medical and healthcare science trainees in seven main pathology specialties: cellular and molecular pathology, haematology, microbiology, clinical biochemistry, virology, immunology and genetics.

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e-Pathe-Path is split into seven modules which contain both knowledge based sessions and cases written by current practicing consultants.

A separate Pathopedia tool will allow pathologists to create an authoritative online encyclopaedia of core knowledge.

The materials have been designed to be used on a standard laptop or PC via a broadband internet connection at home or in the workplace. As a learner you will be able to plan and record your learning, and return to any unfinished sessions.

Project structure

  • Module 1

  • Module 2

  • Module 3

  • Module 4

  • Module 5

  • Module 6

  • Module 7

Executive group

  • Julia Moore OBE

    (Chair of Executive Group), National Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Mike Wells

    Mike Wells

    Vice President for Learning, Royal College of Pathologists
  • Daniel Ross

    Daniel Ross

    Chief Executive, Royal College of Pathologists
  • Joanne Brinklow

    Joanne Brinklow

    Head of Educational Standards, Royal College of Pathologists

Module editors

  • Tim Helliwell – Cellular pathology
  • Avril Cullen – Cytopathology
  • Richard Jones – Forensic pathology
  • Deborah Sage – Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  • Ian Cree – Molecular pathology
  • Liz Hook – Paediatric pathology
  • Shuba Allard – Transfusion medicine
  • James Hooper – Clinical biochemistry
  • Sara Edward – Dermatopathology
  • Fiona MacDonald – Genetics and reproductive science
  • Brendan Healy – Medical microbiology
  • Nicki Cohen – Neuropathology
  • Heather Wallace – Toxicology
  • William Tong – Virology

Museum pots

Museum potsHistopathology has for many years relied upon the use of preserved specimens (“pots”) showing typical pathological changes to train and teach pathology. These pots are held in a few specialist museums across the UK and form a remarkable archive of disease; some collections hold hundreds of specimens dating back over three centuries. Many show pathological changes of a severity rarely seen in clinical practice today as current therapies often slow disease progression and diagnostic techniques allow diseases to be detected earlier.

The e-Path project team has joined forces with Professor Sebastian Lucas at King’s College London and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust to create an online virtual collection using the specimens held at the Gordon Museum in London. These digital versions will be available online and to download as “Potcasts” and will form one of a range of elearning resources that are used to teach the pathologists of the future.

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How to access

In order to access the Pathology programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Pathology programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Pathology programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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