Pathologists' AssistantMaster of Clinical Science (MClSc)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
Western is one of two accredited universities in Canada offering this program. I was exposed to this program through the Clinical Anatomy program as I took one of my anatomy courses with the Pathologists’ Assistant students. In discussions with the other students, I was really interested in what Western’s program had to offer.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
Taylor Library is my favourite play to study on campus, as I can only study in silence. Taylor is a quiet place to work, close to my office on campus, and has larger study desks.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support of my fellow students and faculty in the program, as well as being passionate about anatomy and pathology, has enabled me to thrive within this program.
Have you taken any professional courses that Western makes available to grad students?
I completed the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning as part of my requirements for my master’s degree in Clinical Anatomy. Having a complete record of all my teaching experiences within a teaching dossier has been helpful to me in applications for TA positions, and in updating my CV. I also attended many workshops designed to help enhance my teaching abilities, which I can apply in the classroom.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Do your research! I decided to shadow a pathologist to see if I was interested in the work of a Pathologists’ Assistant. I talked with current students in the program about their experiences with courses and practical experience and research. I also took a tour of the graduate program before I applied. These experiences helped me decide that I was applying to the right program.
Program ContactTracey Koning (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineWestern University
Dental Sciences Rm 4044
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 81549
The Pathologists’ Assistant program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers students the opportunity to train in the highly specialized field of anatomical pathology. This two-year, full-time program begins in September of each year. The first year is comprised of various courses. The second year of the program is composed of rotations through the hospital experience in autopsy and surgical pathology, a research project, and completing a two-month community elective.
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- Full-time study
- Four-year Bachelor's degree (science background preferred); MD, DDS or MBBS degree from an accredited university.
- A third- and fourth-year combined entrance average of 80% or greater.
- Applicants may be invited for an interview and tour of our facilities.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 90, with a minimum of 23 in the speaking portion and with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic)of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 7 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
- Western English Language Centre. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
- Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 10, English for Academic Purposes, with a minimum 80% in all components.
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