Carl McGary, PhD, MD, assistant professor and pathologist in Biomedical Sciences recently published a report for teaching standards on medical pathology in the journal Academic Pathology. The report titled, "Educational Case: Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease” is intended to be used as a learning tool within the Pathology Competencies for Medical Education (PCME), a set of national standards for teaching pathology. These are divided into three basic competencies: Disease Mechanisms and Processes, Organ System Pathology, and Diagnostic Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology. 

In 2017, the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee of the Association of Pathology Chairs published a series of learning goals and specific learning objectives in pathology for the undergraduate medical student. At that time, the journal also introduced the ‘Educational Case’ as a new manuscript type to help provide for a national database of peer-reviewed, clinical case-based, pathology education, which fosters clinical reasoning as well as understanding basic disease pathophysiology. Each published case is based on a specific primary learning objective.  

This is Dr. McGary’s third peer-reviewed ‘Educational Case’ to be published in the journal. He continues to write cases and is incorporating the published ‘Educational Cases’ in his pathology teaching on the Duluth campus.  

McGary, C. T., & Lowe, M. C. (2020). Educational Case: Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Academic Pathology.