PD Dr. Matthias Matter with apprentice performing a frozen section of a tissue sample


The term pathology comes from the Greek and means "the study of suffering". A central role in medical education, further education and training is therefore an important part of our work. We are involved in interdisciplinary student teaching, but also in numerous internal and external training events with a particular focus on promoting young talent.

After completing their 3rd year of study, we offer medical students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the field of pathology as part of the two-day course "Pathology intensive: from biopsy to gene mutation". After attending the week-long course, graduates should be able to decide whether they would like to train as a specialist in pathology. Please register for the course three months in advance with Ms. Petra Huber.

Students of human medicine in the 1st to 3rd year of their Master's degree can gain an in-depth insight into our specialist field as part of the elective project "Pathology: close to the patient - diagnosing and understanding diseases".

We recommend that students who wish to pursue a career in pathology attend an entire month of electives.

The Department of Pathology at the University Hospital Basel is an FMH-recognized training center:

  • Specialist in pathology: Category A (4 years)
  • Specialization in cytopathology: Category A (1 year)
  • Specialization in molecular pathology: Category A (1 year)
  • Interdisciplinary specialization in neuropathology: Category A (3 years)

Please send your application by e-mail to Prof. Stefan Dirnhofer.

Training managers


Prof. Daniel Baumhoer

Stv. Chefarzt



Prof. Lukas Bubendorf

Leitender Arzt und Fachbereichsleiter Zytopathologie



Prof. Stefan Dirnhofer

Chefarzt a.i.



Prof. Stephan Frank

Leitender Arzt und Fachbereichsleiter Neuro- und Ophthalmopathologie


The Pathorama online learning environment developed at the Institute of Medical Genetics and Pathology at the University Hospital Basel comprises six coordinated components with e-learning offers from all areas of general and special pathology:

  • PathoPic: The image database with over 10,000 images
  • HiPaKu: The online histopathology course for students
  • Quizzes: Quizzes for self-evaluation
  • PathoBasic: Basic pathology knowledge for doctors in further training

Contact us


Prof. Katharina Glatz

Leitende Ärztin


Mitglied Tumorzentrum


Yearly small group course for pathologists or pathologists in training with some experience in the interpretation of renal transplant biopsies, usually at the end of June.

We use interactive microscope sessions in small groups as the main tool to discuss the most common and relevant morphological lesions in transplant pathology. Input sessions, sessions dealing with the relevant clinical aspects as well as case discussion supplement the practical part.

Where: On-site again! Pathology, University Hospital Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 40, CH-4031 Basel, Switzerland

Course costs: CHF 1'000 (including dinner on Monday, city tour of Basel, lunch, coffee breaks, course material, and access to platform with whole slide images).

Participants: Pathologists and pathologists in training. The maximum number of participants is 16. The course will be held in English.

Faculty: Helmut Hopfer, Basel, Switzerland; Heinz Regele, Vienna, Austria; Volker Nickeleit, Chapel Hill, NC, U.S.A.; Thomas Menter, Basel, Switzerland; Stefan Schaub, Basel, Switzerland; Michael Dickenmann, Basel, Switzerland

Next course: June 26th-29th, 2023
Flyer Renal Transplant Pathology Course 2023

Organization/questions/contact: Helmut Hopfer, phone: +41 61 265 28 90

Postgraduate Course, June 30th - July 1st, 2023