cod. PR20836

Academic year 2024/25
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Patologia clinica (MED/05)
Scienze medico-chirurgiche
Type of training activity
10 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
course unit

Integrated course unit module: PERIOPERATIVE MEDICINE

Learning objectives

The course aims to enable the student to know, understand and interpret the main laboratory tests.
The student should (1) know the most commonly prescribed laboratory
analyses in clinical pathology, (2) understand their role in diagnostic
procedures, follow up and therapy monitoring, (3) properly evaluate their
cost/benefit ratio and (4) apply this information to relevant clinical


Mandatory propedeutic examinations are defined by the Course Council.
Relevant bases of Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology and General Pathology should be adequately recalled.

Course unit content

The first lessons cover general topics regard to biological materials and preparation of the patient. The second part of the course covers the main laboratory tests and their clinical interpretation.

Full programme

Insertion of the Laboratory data in the diagnostic procedure and its functions in other optics such as prevention, prognosis, therapy and screening. Emergency exams and routines (examples)
Evaluation criteria of the analytical data
Factors that influence the reliability and interpretation of laboratory data:
Preanalytic variability
Analytical variability

Hemochromocytometric examination and
Evaluation of iron metabolism
Chemical analysis of blood samples: hepatic profile (markers, protein synthesis, bilirubin), cardiac markers, glycaemia, Tumor markers
Evaluation of coagulation, fibrinolysis, platelet function
Major laboratory diagnostics coagulopathies


G. Federici: Medicina di laboratorio - Mc Graw Hill (last edition)
The slides used during the lectures will be made available on the Elly Platform

Teaching methods

The course will be conducted through interactive lectures in front of the students, with the aid of illustrative material that, at the end of the course, will be made available to students on Elly site at the pages of the course.
Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, if different instructions are not implemented.
During the lessons we will discuss the issues related to laboratory tests and their interpretation topic will be exposed, encouraging students to ask questions on the basis of references that will be provided.

Assessment methods and criteria

Verification tests in progress will not be carried out.
Final assessment will be carried out through oral examination (with other teachers of the Integrated Course), during which one question will concern the topics of Clinical Pathology.
The exam will aim to evaluate the communication and learning skills of the student, as well as his/her ability to judge the health status of the hypothetical patients.

Students with SLD / BSE must first contact “Il centro accoglienza e inclusione” (

Each student will be asked questions on topics listed in the extended program. The inability to answer a question (or at least ascertained inability to provide a correct definition of the pathological phenomenon subject of the application) will result in not passing the exam.
The student will be evaluated with votes ranging from 0 to 30, with 18 being the lowest vote to positively pass the exam. The final vote will be decided by mutual agreement among the teachers of the integrated course.

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