About the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UNICAMP.
This Department was founded in early 1965 by Professor José Lopes de Faria, then at the old Charity Hospital in downtown Campinas. An outstanding figure of Brazilian Pathology and well known educator, Prof. Lopes came from São Paulo at the beginnings of the Medical Faculty of Campinas to install a basic pathological laboratory performing post-mortem and surgical specimen examinations. He also lectured Anatomic Pathology for the students of the third medical year of the Faculty until his retirement in 1987. The Department moved to the newly built University Hospital in the Campus at the district of Barão Geraldo in 1985.
Over 20 years of solid activity, Professor Lopes chose his assistants from among his pupils and residents, and encouraged each of them to pursue different areas of the specialty. He assembled a valuable collection of macro- and microscopical teaching specimens, which formed the basis of two books on General and Special Pathology. Most of this material is now available on CD-ROM and at the Department’s teaching sites in the Internet at http://anatpat.unicamp.br/epathenglish.html .
The Department now has twelve Professors teaching and doing research in the various fields of Pathology. A body of medical specialists helps to cope with the growing amount of material coming into the Pathology Laboratory from the University Hospital itself and associated units such as the Hematological, Gastrointestinal and Gynecological Hospitals situated nearby. The Department responds for the Pathology part in the graduation courses kept by the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Unicamp (Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy), for various postgraduate disciplines and for a Residency program of three years’ duration which prepares three new specialists every year.
Besides the basic histological methods, laboratory technicians dominate a vast number of special stains and auxiliary procedures such as immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy, all of which are essential of improve the accuracy of diagnosis.
The Department is fully integrated with most other clinical and surgical Departments of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, participates in case discussion sessions with hospital staff of most areas and is committed to the furtherance of knowledge and its free availability to the community through the Internet for the years to come.