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Gross Pathology (How to Recognize and Make the Diagnosis)


January 12 2022


10:10 am - 11:10 am


  • Dr. Michelle Downes
    Dr. Michelle Downes

    Dr. Downes graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical school and undertook training in surgery followed by a research fellowship in prostate cancer at University College Dublin. She trained in Anatomic Pathology in Dublin, Ireland and then completed a clinical fellowship in genitourinary pathology at the University Health Network, Toronto. Dr Downes is lead Genitourinary pathologist and Division Head of Anatomic Pathology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. She is actively engaged in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests are in prognostic and predictive biomarkers of urologic malignancy, particularly in prostate and bladder, with a focus on immune infiltrates and determinants of therapeutic response. She is also engaged in collaborative work examining radiology-pathology correlation and pre-clinical prostate cancer research.


Overview of gross pathology with a focus on high yield topics. A systematic approach based on aetiology of disease will be used to determine differential diagnoses.


  1. Identify and approach gross specimens
  2. Describe common gross abnormalities
  3. Develop differential diagnosis

Target Audience

Medical Students

CanMEDS Roles

Medical Expert (the integrating role)