Students of the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine, students of Molecular and Analytical Health Sciences in the Master’s Programme in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, and MD curriculum exchange students in the Faculty of Medicine
TMED-909 Human Anatomy and Physiology, or equivalent
The student will be able to
- Explain the basic principles of sampling and analysing biological specimens, and of interpreting laboratory data
- Recognise the basic laboratory tests for the main organ systems and diseases and describe the indications for these tests
- Describe the central methods of laboratory and molecular medicine, such as immunochemistry, flow cytometry, array technologies, mRNA and DNA analyses, and the possible sources of errors of these methods
- Define the principles of point-of-care testing, its limitations of use and possible sources of errors
- Outline how new diagnostic methods or tests are validated in a clinical laboratory
Describe the role of the clinical laboratory in personalised medicine
Period IV. Recommended for the 1st study year for TRANSMED students. The course is arranged annually.
The students become acquainted with selected analytes and central methods of laboratory and molecular medicine, and their functions in a hospital laboratory.
The course contains lectures covering the basic principles of laboratory medicine, basic laboratory tests for the main organ systems and diseases, central methods of laboratory medicine and molecular medicine including the validation of new diagnostic tests, and the role of the laboratory in personalised medicine. Some lectures contain interactive sections, patient case examples or preliminary assignments. In addition, the course offers hands-on training in common point-of-care tests, a thematic seminar about future prospects in clinical chemistry, laboratory visits or demonstrations, and online assignments.
Suggested further reading: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods, 22nd edition or later, Chapters 3–4, 6–8, 14, 16–18, 21, 24, 30 and 65 (available as an e-book in the Meilahti Campus Library Terkko)
Practical exercises, demonstrations and assignments
Grading is based on the exam. The grading scale is 0–5.
Responsible teacher: Clinical teacher Päivi Lakkisto, MD, PhD
Completion requires attendance in 80% of the lectures, attendance in all practicals and demos, completion of course assignments, and a passing grade on the final examination.
Lectures 27 h
Demos/visits 4 h
Practicals 2 h
Self-study including online assignments 46 h
Exam 2 h
TOTAL 81 h
Replaces course 30281 Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Diagnostics, 2 cr. Completion of the course is a prerequisite for attending course 30474 Clinical Rounds.