Join our pathology summer school

This annual event held every August is open to medical students in any year of training, offering the opportunity to find out about the wide range of pathology specialities through a mixture of lectures and small-group interactive breakout sessions. This free two-day course will give you a chance to talk to current trainees and established consultants about their careers.  

The Summer School is hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists and sponsored by the College, the Pathological Society, the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, the British Society for Haematology, the British Infection Association and the British Neuropathological Society

This was one of the best summer schools i have ever attended. This course has shown me how diverse and interesting pathology can be, and now I look forward to becoming one.

What's happening? 

This is not a revision course but a chance to learn more about the role of pathology in healthcare, including current research and future advances. The content will be relevant whether you are considering a career in pathology or not; all doctors use pathology services and benefit from a greater understanding of the speciality.  

When is it happening?

The next summer school is scheduled for August 2021 and places will be offered based on a formal application process. All food and drink is included in the event, plus the evening meal on the first night. For those students attending from outside of London we will also cover the cost of the Thursday night accommodation.  Please note we are unable to cover travel expenses.

On the day

The first day of the Pathology Summer School will take place at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT. You will have opportunities to interact with trainees and consultants in various pathology specialities as well as take part in numerous interactive activities. Plus enjoying informal networking at the evening meal on the first night with a BBQ and quiz. On the Friday you will have a unique opportunity of working with the specimens at the Gordon Museum of Pathology at Guy's Hospital.

How to apply 

Registrations for the 2021 Pathology Summer School will open shortly. If you have any questions please do email us at

This course was the best thing I have done all summer. I loved both days and relished the opportunity to look around the Gordon Museum as well as speak to such friendly and engaging subject specialists. I am so glad I signed up and would strongly advise you to also.

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