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Teaching Experience

Pre-Clinical (Undergraduate) Pathology Teaching:

 October 1984 - May 1987:
During her time as British Heart Foundation Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, Dr Dinah Parums was a Demonstrator in Histopathology in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, Medical Sciences Tripos & Natural Sciences Tripos, Part I & Part II General. This role also involved supervising in Pathology (Histopathology, Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics) Cambridge University, Medical Sciences Tripos & Natural Sciences Tripos Part I & Part II General for Gonville and Caius, Fitzwilliam and Emmanuel Colleges, Cambridge (30 students per year).


September 1989 to 1993:
Tutorials in Pathology (Cellular Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology) and setting of college collections, Balliol College, Wadham College and Jesus College, Oxford University (12 students per year); demonstrating practical classes, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University; supervising three undergraduate research projects for the Final Honours School in Physiological Sciences, Oxford University.


September 1991 to 1993:
College Lecturer in Pathology, Balliol College, Oxford. This post involved giving weekly tutorials, setting of college collections, administration and interviewing for admission.


Clinical (Postgraduate) Pathology Teaching:

July 1990 to Sept. 1993:
The post of Clinical Tutor in Pathology involved the organisation of a 10 week Laboratory Medicine Course for up to 100 first-year clinical medical students. This included organising more than 100 lectures with 20 practical classes, weekly tutorials and clinical sessions together with a seminar series entitled Advances in Pathology, which ran with the Course. Supervision of daily post-mortem attendance and participation by the students and post mortem video teaching sessions. A final written examination was organised using a pool of multiple choice questions and a practical examination in all pathology disciplines. Medical student assessment also included the production of two scientifically written case commentaries, each in pathology, and a final viva voce examination, which was attended by all the students and 40 examiners.


Additional Roles:

  • D.Phil. supervisor to Ms. A.L. Ramshaw, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (April 1989-September 1992).
  • Clinical Advisor, Oxford University Medical School (1989-1993).
  • Pathology Representative on the Curriculum and Examinations Committee, Oxford University Medical School (1990 -1993).
  • College Advisor, Wolfson College, Oxford (1989 - 1993).
  • College Lecturer, Balliol College, Oxford (1989 -1993)


September 1993 to September 2003:

  • Organiser and lecturer, the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) short courses, Update in Cardiovascular Pathology and Advanced Surgical Pathology (Pulmonary Pathology session) (1993-96).
  • Teaching in the MSc Courses in Histopathology and Experimental Pathology and Toxicology and the Diploma in Clinical Pathology (Histopathology) (1993-96).
  • Organising the Primary and Final MRCPath examinations held at the RPMS, Hammersmith Hospital, London (1993-96).
  • External Examiner for the Examination for Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK (1994 - 2002).
  • Pathology representative on the Committee for the Review of the Clinical School, Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University (Chairman: Professor Sir David Weatherall) (Jan.1993-April 1994).
  • College Tutor, Royal College of Pathologists responsible for monitoring of CME in Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) Hammersmith Hospitals’ Trust (1994 -1996).
  • MSc (London) project supervisor to Miss Anne Marie Larkin (1994), Miss Funmilayo Belgore (1995), Miss Michelle Ashton (1995) and Dr. F. Darabipour (1996).
  • BSc (London) project supervisor to Miss Natali Chung, Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (1996).
  • Postgraduate teaching of specialist registrars (SpRs) and visiting trainees in Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Transplant Pathology (1996 – 2001).
  • Postgraduate research supervisor to Mr. Richard Charlton, ‘Studies on the Role of Endothelial Cells and Myofibroblasts in Normal and Altered Tissue Repair’, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, PhD 2001.
  • Postgraduate research supervisor to Evelyn Torsney, ‘The Role of Endoglin in Vascular Development and Disease (the ‘Cookson’ Mouse Model)’, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, PhD 2002.

Teaching in the Pharmaceutical Industry:

From February 2004:

As a Principal Pharmaceutical Physician at Astrazeneca, Alderley Park, Dinah organised a monthly tutorial for biomedical scientists in human pathology, normal histology and histopathology of each system.

From 2004 until 2009, she was co-chair of the annual Molecular Histopathology Workshops for the pharmaceutical industry and Ventana, bringing together clinical pathologists, pathologists within industry and leading research scientists to present and discuss research on biomarkers and new methodologies. 


Written Examples

Medscape 'Test and Teach' 2016 

Writer. Medscape Education. Cardiology. Choosing Appropriate Cardiac Imaging Modalities.


BOOKS – Postgraduate Education:

 Parums, D.V. (Editor). Essential Clinical Pathology. Blackwell Science Ltd. Oxford. 1996.

ISBN 0-632-03088-7. This 700-page postgraduate teaching book contains 500 full-colour figures. It represents a complete clinical pathology (laboratory medicine) ‘core’ course textbook for medical students, based on the Editor’s teaching experience running the Oxford University Medical School’s clinical pathology teaching over three years. One-third of this book is written by the Editor, with contributions in Haematology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Microbiology from 14 other authors.