This annual event held every August is open to UK 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 British Division of the International Academy of Pathology, the Pathological Society, British Society for Haematology, Association of Clinical Pathologists, 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.  


Pathology Summer School 2023 - Programme

Thursday 10th August 

The Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT

10.15-10.30     Registration

10.30-11.00     Welcome and Introduction to Pathology Specialties  

Professor Mike Osborn, RCPath President

11.00-11.30     Careers in Pathology Professor Nicki Cohen

11.30-12.00     Lecture - Work/Life Balance Dr Matthew Clarke

12.00-12.30     Lunch

Breakout sessions covering pathology specialties (45-50 min each session)

12.30-13.20     Breakout 1

13.20-14.10     Breakout 2  

14.10-14.25     Short comfort break

14.25-15.15     Breakout 3  

15.15-16.05     Breakout 4  

Evening Buffet

18.00               Drinks & mingling in the Terrace Room (RCPath)

18.30               BBQ

20.30               Close

Friday 11th August 

Guys Hospital Campus, Kings College London, Gordons Museum

10.00-10.15     Welcome back

10.15-10.45     Lecture – Day in the life of a Histopathologist Professor Peter Johnston TBC

10.45-11.15     Pathology training and examinations TBC

Breakout sessions covering pathology specialties (45-50 min each session)

11.15-12.05     Breakout 5

12.05-12.55     Breakout 6

12.55-13.30 Lunch/refreshments

13.30-14.20     Breakout 7

14.20-15.10     Breakout 8  

15.10-15.30     Summing up and feedback

Programme subject to change

Breakout sessions will include:

  • Clinical Biochemistry  
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Neuropathology
  • Microbiology
  • Histopathology
  • Pots
  • Death Investigation

When is it happening?

The next summer school is scheduled for 10th and 11th August 2023, places will be offered based on a formal application process.  Food and drink is included in the event, plus the evening meal at the College on the Thursday night. For those students attending from outside of London we will also cover the cost of overnight accommodation for one night.  Travel expenses are not covered.

On the day

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 BBQ on the Thursday night.

How to apply 

To apply you must be a UK medical student with proof of year of study and university you are attending. Registration is now open for the 2023 Pathology Summer School. Book via the buttom on the page. Applications will close on Friday 30th June 2023. Please note the summer school places are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. 

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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