Director: Professor Catriona McLean BSc, MBBS, FRCPA, MD
The Pathology Board develops, implements, reviews and integrates all pathology curriculum material including haematology, microbiology and tissue pathology for the Monash MBBS. The Board sets up lectures and cases for the pathology courses, and discusses changes with each year’s curriculum committee.
Professor Catriona McLean is an anatomical pathologist with her own active research program. With her pathology skills and knowledge, she also collaborates on many research projects. She has a leading role in the formation and ongoing activity of the Pathology Board.
Since 2004 Professor McLean has developed the pathology curriculum and associated support material for all five undergraduate years of the Monash MBBS curriculum. There are approximately 500 students in each year in both Australia and Malaysia, so the total student load is about 2,500. She also teaches, reviews and updates the pathology course using new insights from her own and others’ research programs.
The bulk of teaching is in Year 3, where students undertake a case based on-line course. Professor McLean has developed further support material for the case-based pathology teaching modules including pod casting and e-path (an electronic teaching tool). Case based studies use formative based learning, where students are given immediate feedback on their work. Additionally, Professor McLean lectures in 1st and 2nd year, runs weekly tutorials in 3rd year and oversees the 5th year pathology module.
In 2009, Professor McLean won a national citation award for outstanding contribution to student learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, for her development of on-line curriculum resources engaging a dispersed medical student population in a clinically integrated and authentic study of Pathology. She also received an honourable mention from the Monash Medical Students’ Society in recognition of her teaching.
Professor McLean’s professional activities include: