The Department of Pathology was formed in 1963, when the faculty of Medicine in the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur was founded. Since its formation, the Department had been involved with the teaching of the undergraduate medical program (MBBS), starting from the second academic year with General Pathology, followed on by Applied (Systemic) Pathology. Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology cum Transfusion Medicine and Forensic Pathology are introduced when the students enter their rotational clinical postings. A new integrated curriculum was introduced in 1999 in order to bring the curriculum more in-line with the modern concept and approach of self-directed learning.
In 1972, the Department, at the request of the University started an undergraduate pathology program for the newly formed Faculty of Dentistry. It involves the teaching of General Pathology and Applied Systemic Pathology courses in the undergraduate dental program (BDS).
In 1973, at the request of the Ministry of Health, the department started its 2 year post-graduate program (M.Path). Subsequently in 1991 the program was upgraded to a full four year masters. The current con-joint program consists of 2 parts. The Part I exam is taken at the end of 1 year of rotational postings in Anatomic Pathology (including autopsy pathology), Haematology (including Transfusion Medicine), Microbiology (including parasitology) and Chemical Pathology The part 2 is taken at the end of the 4th year is taken after sub-specialization in one of the 5 disciplines offered in UM – Anatomic Pathology, Haematology, Chemical Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Medicine. In addition the candidate is required to submit a Research Report.
As part of our obligation in assisting other developing countries our department also conducts a 2+1 year program specifically tailored for countries such as Sudan. We run the Postgraduate Master of Medical Science in Clinical Pathology essentially for the training of Sudanese doctors to provide General Pathology services upon returning to their country.