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What are the high yield topics in histology?
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Originally Posted by arvine_14 View Post
What are the high yield topics in histology?
Histology is an undercover high yield topic, meaning that while you will get very few direct histology questions, you will get some questions that require you to know histology to answer. Anyways to answer your question (and this is my opinion alone, I encourage you to get other people's opinions too)

1. Know how to identify the different organelles (EM)

2. Know what each organelle does (including histological parts such as microtubles and what not)

3. Know the organelles/parts associated with disease (i.e. know the structure of microtubles, know what Type II pneumocytes look like and that they have lamellar bodies, etc...)

4. Know the general histology of different areas of the body (i.e stratified squamous on all surfaces exposed to the outside world, etc...)

5. Know histological changes due to pathology -- this is closely linked to knowing the normal histology of the body (i.e. barrets esophagus)

6. Know the markers for different cancers...yes this sounds more like oncology but histology helps here. If you see keratin pearls your histology should automatically lead you to think the cells are epithelial in origin cause thats the only place you will find keratin.

That's the majority if what I can think of. Sure you may get a question or 2 outside of this, but this should cover the majority. Wait to see what other people write as I may have missed some things too, and may be mistaken. This list is purely going from my experiences taking the exam.
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