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Speciality: Histopathology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/502

The Western General Hospital houses the regional cancer centre and is a tertiary referral centre for the East of Scotland. There is also the regional neurosciences unit, the largest colorectal surgical unit in Europe, a GI medical unit with a large inflammatory bowel disease practice, the regional urology unit and the breast unit, in addition to general hospital medical services. The Cancer Research Campaign, MRC Medical Genetics Institutes and the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Laboratory are on the WGH campus where there is international expertise in molecular genetics of carcinoma.


The Medical School is based on the Royal Infirmary campus where a new research centre is under construction. In addition to general medical services, the regional renal unit, supraregional transplant unit, cardiothoracic, hepatobiliary, upper GI and orthopaedic surgical units, obstetrics & gynaecology are based at the RIE.


There is also the regional Forensic Medicine unit and Children's Hospital which are currently based at different locations. The department in addition provides the diagnostic service for the dental hospital, the department of dermatology, the eye pavilion, local GPs, the regional maxillofacial and plastic surgery units located at St John's Hospital.


The pathology department in Edinburgh is friendly and forward looking. Edinburgh itself is a major cultural centre and the Lothian countryside including a beautiful coastline is within easy reach for both domicile and play.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

SE Scotland offers excellent training in histopathology including experience in all major subspecialties. The Pathology Department in Edinburgh, is based at two sites, the Western General Hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The training programme provides training in all aspects of histopathology, including exposure to autopsy pathology, neuropathology and paediatric pathology.  The programme follows the curriculum developed by the Royal College of Pathologists. Training takes place in a UKAs accredited department with a staff of 39 consultants who work in small specialised teams. Experience is provided in immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular pathology along with routine microscopy.

After an induction period trainees are attached to a specialist team. The rota is cyclical with additional time allocated to autopsies and cervical cytology. The teaching is a blend of apprentice type learning accompanied by formal teaching sessions Trainees participate in many multidisciplinary meetings both cancer and non-cancer related.

Several consultant staff have active research projects and participation of trainees in research is encouraged. All trainees will be expected to develop and complete audit projects and also to participate in teaching of undergraduate medical students and other staff groups. Trainees with a particular interest in medical education will have ample opportunity to further this interest.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

South East Scotland – located in Edinburgh Hospitals:
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Judith Anderson
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Pathologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Lynda Service
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Forest Grove House Aberdeen AB25 2ZP
Tel: 01224 805132
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Alan Stockman
Address: Department of Pathology Western General Hospital Crewe Road South Edinburgh EH4 2XU
Tel: 0131 537 1960
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